(NP) When the government tries to silence a history, a light is shed on the nation's biggest taboo. This is the story of those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial. The film was originally titled "Seven Deadly Myths."
SYNOPSIS: Former racist, xenophobic West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky (born in Israel of Russian Jewish descent with parents from Ukraine) looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the "State of Israel" was created and most Palestinians were forced to become refugees.
She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to recover their denial of a series of wars and propaganda campaigns that changed the region forever.
מתנחלת לשעבר ליאה טרשצ'נסקי חוקרת את האמנזיה הקולקטיבית של ישראלים בקשר לאירועי תש"ח כשמדינת ישראל נולדה ורוב הפלסטינים נהיו פליטים. היא עוקבת אחר הטרנספורמציה של לוחמי 1948 ישראליים שמנסים לחשוף את ההכחשה שלהם עצמם ושל בני דורם כלפי המלחמה הגורלית.
(Voice of Palestine, Canada) Interview with Lia Tarachansky about "On the Side of the Road"
Israeli-Russian Director Lia Tarachansky's "On the Side of the Road" opened the groundbreaking "First International Film Festival on Nakba ["the Catastrophe" referring to the beginning of Palestine's holocaust when Jewish outsiders called Zionists invaded, displaced them, and began a genocide/ethnic cleansing of land it labelled "State of Israel"] and Return" at Cinematheque Tel Aviv, Israel.
It then went on to the Franco-German Cultural Center in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. "This is the story of those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial." Tarachansky is a correspondent with The Real News Network. She discusses her documentary film work, journalistic activities, personal and political journey that brought her to where she is today.
Final music is by Jewish-American folk singer David Rovics, The Key, and is dedicated to the Palestinian diaspora as they carry on the struggle for human rights and national sovereignty. For past shows and other news, visit: voiceofpalestine.ca
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