Still from On The Side Of The Road
Still from On The Side Of The Road

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On the Side of the Road

by Lia Tarachansky
A look at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948, when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees.
2013  ·  1h22m  ·  Canada, Israel, Palestinian Territory
Arabic, English, Hebrew
Arabic, English, Hebrew subs
About the Film
Lia Tarachansky grew up in a settlement. When the second Intifadah broke out in 2000 her family moved to Canada. There, for the first time she met Palestinians and “discovered” their history and learned why they were fighting Israel in the first place. When she became a journalist, she returned to Israel to become the local correspondent for The Real News network. Returning for the first time to her settlement, she “discovers” the Palestinians next door as she travels the West Bank covering the Israeli military occupation. In this film she meets with those who played a personal role in the events of 1948 and like her, “discovered” that which they had not only erased from their consciousness, but erased from the map. For years she tries to convince veterans of the 1948 that set off the conflict as we know it today to face the most difficult questions and dig deep into their memories. This is a film about the questions Israelis cannot ask, about memories that cannot be uncovered, and the history that’s fighting to come to light. It was then, in 1948, three years after the holocaust that the nascent Jewish state was created in a bloody war that led to two-thirds of the Palestinian people becoming refugees. Those who fled or were expelled to this day remain in camps throughout the Arab world, the West Bank and Gaza. In 2009 the Israeli government proposed a law that forbade mourning this history. A law that attempted to criminalize history itself.
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Eye on Palestine Arts and Film Festival, Official Selection
One World Film Festival, Official Selection
Social Justice Film Festival , Official Selection
48mm First International Nakba & Return Film Festival , Official Selection
The Indie Fest Film Awards August, Award of Merit
International Independent Film Awards, Honorable Mention Award
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