What really happened in Tantura?

Tantura Hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated amid the formation of the state of Israel. To Israelis, this was the War of Independence. Palestinians call it 'Al Nakba' - the Catastrophe. In the 90s, research into a massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948, was dismissed. Now, director Alon Schwarz revisits former Israeli soldiers of the Alexandroni Brigade as well as Palestinian residents in an effort to re-examine what happened in Tantura, and why 'Al Nakba' is still a taboo in Israeli society.

Reviews and More

The film works on two levels: one is about the massacre; the other is about the psychology employed not only by perpetrators, but by the powerful forces that back them up. ” – Vox Review

A Documentary Reveals What Really Went on During Israel’s War of Independence” – Variety Review

"A fascinating, troubling watch" - Screendaily

Tantura finally attempts to get the record on that incident straight, but as a movie, it serves an even greater purpose by bringing it to a wider public than ever before. ” – Hollywood Reporter Review

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Making The Film

The village of Tantura in 1948, as seen in Tantura, directed by Alon Schwarz.
Photo credit: Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. All rights reserved.

June 13, 1948: The expulsion of Tantura women, children and elderly from Furaydis to Jordan. The Red Cross is supervising. Photo credit: Beno Rothenberg collection. Courtesy of the Israel State Archives. All rights reserved.

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