Viewing and discussion of Ariella Azoulay's new film: "Civil Alliance: Palestine, 47-48"
Ariella Azoulay, Director of the Photo-Lexic International Research Group, Minerva Center, Tel Aviv University
Nadim Rouhana, Director of Mada Al-Carmel
Penny Noraiala, a graduate student in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, a research fellow at Mada Al-Carmel and a graduate student in the Department of Social Sciences and Anthropology at theTel Aviv University
A description of the film:
Jews and Palestinians gather around a map of Mandatory Palestine to report a civil race against the clock taking place in palestine until the founding of the State of Israel in May 1948. Intense civil activity was happening throughout the country, mainly in urgent encounters, some short and spontaneous, others planned and carefully laid out in detail – in which participants raised demands, sought compromises, set rules, formulated agreements, made promises, asked for forgiveness, made efforts to reconcile and compensate – and did everything possible not to let violence take over their lives. They did their utmost to halt the violence that national and military forces were intent on igniting and negotiated with each other in order to create mutual civil alliances. This film is based upon civil/historical/visual research.