"I Remember 1948" documentary

“I Remember 1948” is a documentary to mark the 60th Anniversary of what is known by Palestinians as “Al Nakba” or ” the catastrophe” — when three quarters of a million people fled for their lives, never to return. This event, in which villages were seized to enlarge the recently created state of Israel, is widely acknowledged to be at the centre of much that is happening in the Middle East today.
A film suitable for people of all ages, from older primary school on up. Recommended for studies of the middle east, memory and oral history and especially refugee experiences.

“I Remember 1948” is Australia’s first bilingual Arabic/English film. It is a gentle documentary in which four elders give vivid eye-witness accounts of the tumultuous days of Al Nakba and its aftermath.
The stories told by these speakers are poignant, unexpected and sometimes surprising, expressing not only the tragedies but also the small miracles which occur in a human catastrophe of such dimensions. Prevented from returning to their homes, the speakers lived as refugees, eventually making their way to Australia. Their continued longing to see their homeland eloquently expresses the feelings of the dispossessed everywhere, and gives this film a universal dimension.
Directed by young Arab experimental filmmaker, Fadia Abboud, I Remember 1948 is stylistically innovative while maintaining a simple, direct form of address. Its abstract backgrounds gently evoke mood and place, as does the powerful music for oud, cello, violin and percussion of Joseph Tawadros, the young 2006 winner of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship.

For further information, please contact http://www.balladfilms.com.au/

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