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Israel condemns Netflix film showing the murder of a Palestinian family in the 1948 war | Israel

A Netflix film showing Zionist forces murdering a Palestinian family during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel has been condemned by Israeli officials for “creating a false narrative.”

Farha, the debut of Jordanian filmmaker Darin Sallam, has screened at several film festivals around the world since it premiered last year, and is Jordan’s Oscar entry for 2023. It is scheduled to begin airing to an audience global online. Entertainment service on Thursdays.

The film centers on the experiences of a 14-year-old girl who is locked in a warehouse by her father during the events of the Nakba, the Arabic term for the ethnic cleansing and displacement of some 700,000 Palestinians. When the new Israeli soldiers arrive in the village, Farha witnesses the murder of her entire family, including two small children and a baby, through a crack in the pantry door.

The trailer and advertisements say that the movie is inspired by true events.

“It is insane that Netflix decided to broadcast a film whose sole purpose is to create a false pretext and incite against Israeli soldiers,” Israel’s outgoing finance minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement. Lieberman also said he would consider withdrawing state funding from the Arab-Hebrew theater in the Arab-majority city of Jaffa, where the film was shown.

Israel’s culture minister Hili Tropper said Farha represents “lies and slander” and showing him in an Israeli theater “is a shame.” The theater did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Depictions of atrocities committed by Jewish forces in the 1948 war, fictional or not, remain a highly sensitive issue in Israel. A documentary released earlier this year about the massacre of Palestinians in Tantura, a destroyed coastal village in what is now northern Israel, faced widespread backlash.

In interviews, Sallam has said that he made the film because while many narrative films tell Palestinian stories, very few focus on the root of the conflict and occupation. Farha, she says, is the story of a friend of Sallam’s mother, who met as young women in Syria.

“The story traveled through the years to get to me. She stayed with me. When I was a child, I had this fear of closed and dark places and I kept thinking about this girl and what happened to her,” the director told Arab News.

Sallam has also said that while he did not deliberately seek to parallel Anne Frank, he can see the similarities in the traumatic experiences of the two teenagers.

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