The Truth: Lost at Sea

What happened to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla?

The Truth: Lost at Sea In 2010, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid, attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. After refusing Israel’s request to desist, the flotilla continued on course through international waters, and Israel launched a night-raid, boarding the ships. On one of the six ships, a melee broke out between a group of activists and Israeli naval commandos. In the struggle, nine activists were shot dead and a tenth later died of their injuries. The murky details of what happened that night are laid out by the filmmaker, one of the surviving activists, unravelling how the story was spun by the media.


LaurelAl Ard Documentary Film Festival (Italy) – Audience Award
LaurelSymi International Film Festival (Greece) – Best Documentary Award
LaurelMerida Film Festival (Mexico) – Best Feature Documentary Award
LaurelWe The Peoples Film Festival (UK) – Best Film: Human Security
LaurelCuzco Underground Cinema Festival (Peru) – Best Feature Documentary Award
LaurelLebanese Independent Film Festival (Lebanon) – Mediterranean Special Award
LaurelHuman Rights International Film Festival (Bolivia) – International Eye Award
LaurelYES! Let’s Make a Movie Festival (Canada) – Honorable Mention
LaurelKarama Human Rights Film Festival (Jordan) – Nominee for Best Feature Documentary Award
LaurelRed Carpet Human Rights Film Festival (Palestine) – Official Selection

Reviews and More

Such an important, brave and groundbreaking film." - Farah Nabulsi, Oscar Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Director

Using rare footage, Rifat's documentary truthfully recalls what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara and systematically exposes Israel's lies.” – Norman G Finkelstein, author of Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom

"In case you need any further encouragement to stiffen your resolve to resist Israel’s ... occupation of Palestine, watch Rifat Audeh’s film “THE TRUTH: LOST AT SEA” The story of the 2010 Freedom Flotilla.” - Roger Waters, Hall of Fame Musician and Co-founder of Pink Floyd

“This is the definitive account of the brave attempt to break through the inhuman Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. This documentary is an essential watch even for those who think they know it all by now about the barbarism and cruelty inflicted on the people of Gaza by the ‘Only Democracy in the Middle East’. ” - Professor Ilan Pappe, Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK

Rifat Audeh's The Truth: Lost at Sea is a must-see documentary for anyone who wants to understand the fundamental character of the Israel regime and modes of misrepresentation of that character by media outlets.” – Tom Hayes, Director - Two Blue Lines

The Truth: Lost at Sea, is a triumph of filmmaking and activism. Essential viewing if you would like to know the truth of these events.” – Rosa Bosch, Producer Watch a Q&A with director Rifat Audeh at a California State University screening: here.

Listen to Rifat speaking about the film at the 2018 Al Ard Documentary Film Festival in Italy here.

Read an article about the film and in remembrance of Mavi Marmara here.

Take a look at a Q&A with director Rifat Audeh at in Italy's Il Manifesto Magazine: here.

Find the full list of press coverage here.

The Producers

Rifat Audeh - Director

Rifat Audeh is a veteran activist and defender of Palestinian human rights. He was aboard the Freedom Flotilla that sought to break the barbaric siege on Gaza in 2010 and witnessed the Israeli attacks on the Flotilla firsthand. Audeh completed his master's degree in Media & Journalism at Newcastle University in the UK.

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