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. Israelis know this as the War of Independence. Palestinians call it “Al-Nakba”. In the late 90s, graduate student Teddy Katz conducted research into a massacre in the village of Tantura. His work came under attack and his reputation was ruined, but 140 hours of audio testimonies remain. Former Israeli soldiers, as well as Palestinian survivors, discuss what happened in Tantura as the film explores why “Nakba” is taboo in Israeli society. The elderly ex-soldiers recall unsettling acts of war. Audio from Katz’s interviews cuts through the silence of self-preservation and exposes the ways in which power, silencing, and protected narratives can sculpt history.

Director: Alon Schwarz

Producer: Shaul Schwarz,

Co Producer: Reel Peak Films, Alon Schwarz Films


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Production Company: Alon Schwarz Films
Duration: 94 min.
Date of Release: 21 January 2022
Country of Production: United States

Shooting Format: 4K
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Subtitles: Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Unavailable Territories: Israel

Festivals & Awards

  • Sundance Film Festival 2022
    World Cinema - Documentary (World Premiere)

  • DocAviv Film Festival 2022
    Research Award / Israeli Competition

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022

  • Philadelphia Film Festival 2022
    Jury Award / Best Documentary Feature

  • Cleveland International Film Festival 2022

  • Israeli Film Academy Awards
    Best Documentary Nominee

Involved Broadcasters

Channel 8, Israel

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

The New Fund for Cinema and TV


History, Human Interest / Social Issues, Investigative, Jewish Topics, Politics, Portrait, Social Issues