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Tantura (2022)




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The tape-recorded words "erase it" take on new weight in the context of history and war. When the State of Israel was established in 1948, war broke out and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated in its aftermath. Israelis know this as the War of Independence. Palestinians call it "Al Nakba" (the Catastrophe). In the late 1990s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a large-scale massacre that had allegedly occurred in the village of Tantura in 1948. His work later came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of audio testimonies remain. 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 explore why the Nakba is taboo in Israeli society. The ex-soldiers, now in their 90s, recall unsettling acts of war while disquietly pausing at points they either don't remember or won't speak of. Audio from Katz's 20-year-old interviews cuts through the silence of self-preservation and exposes the ways in which power, silencing, and protected narratives can sculpt history.


Critic Reviews for Tantura

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

"Tantura" is far from the last word on the subject. It's more like a salvo blast that, for Israel, raises the stakes of truth.

February 1, 2022 | Full Review…

Infuriating [and] jaw-dropping.

January 25, 2022 | Full Review…

Tantura makes for a fascinating, troubling watch, although it doesn't altogether come across as rigorously objective...

January 21, 2022 | Full Review…

This is very much a film about the way facts, subjectivity and memory tend to blur, especially when you're dealing with such a contentious historical incident.

January 21, 2022 | Full Review…

A heartbreaking and insightful documentary about the ethnic cleansing that occurred in Tantura. How these events' ramifications are still felt today.

January 25, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tantura ultimately makes astute observations about post-truth politics and the ways in which those with power can wrongfully define history.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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