We are officially over our goal! Thank you so much!! We are so excited about how many people are joining the campaign to share the story of 1948.
Stretch Goal: $65,000!
Our original goal of $50,000 was for a bare-bones production budget. We would really like to add a strong team of academic advisors to this project. These experts would not only provide an incredible depth of knowledge, but they would also add a great deal of credibility to this project, strengthening its significance in the eyes of the American public. With your support right now, we can get to our stretch goal and really make this documentary shine! Whether you give $5, $100, or $1,000, your support right now matters!
About the Documentary
The year 1948 saw the establishment of the state of Israel, the culmination of generations of Jewish persecution across Europe and Russia. But that same year proved catastrophic for the Palestinians - 700,000 to 900,000 men, women and children were forced to leave their homes and never allowed to return. This was the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world, but it is almost never mentioned on American television, radio, or newspaper stories. This is your opportunity to change that.
In working on this project, we have traveled to Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the US and the UK. We have interviewed dozens of Israelis and Palestinians who experienced 1948 first-hand: militia fighters, civilians, people who were forced to flee their homes, and those who made sure the refugees would never return. These are stories that deserve to be told. Right now, you can give these people the opportunity to tell their story to a Western audience – something that they have been largely denied for their entire lives.
We have also interviewed many of the top historians of 1948 - including Avi Shlaim of Oxford University, Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University, Ilan Pappe of Exeter University, Nur Masalha of St. Mary's University College, Benny Morris of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and more. To ensure that the accuracy of the stories we're sharing, we have pored over dozens of books and countless journal articles and newspaper stories to research the interviews we conducted.
We have already finished the production phase of this project. The money you contribute will be used to pay for everything required to produce a finished documentary. You'll be funding the video editing, creation of graphics and animation, music, and finishing the translation of Arabic and Hebrew interviews. The largest part of our budget will pay for the rights to archival photos and film, which can go as high as $700 a photograph and $2000 per minute of film. But these archival images are essential to bringing this story to life and are therefore critical to the success of this documentary.
Your contribution is tax deductible!
The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Alternate Focus is a fiscal sponsor for this documentary, so your financial support is tax deductible!
We deeply appreciate any contribution you can make right now. Please give what you can and then spread the word about this campaign to your friends and colleagues. Thank you very much.
Risks and challenges
This has been a challenging venture from the start, but thankfully, most of the risks have already been overcome.
At the beginning of this project, we made a commitment to present both Palestinian and Israeli voices in this documentary. These were painful events for both sides and a lot of people refuse to talk about what happened in 1948. But our perseverance paid off and we succeeded in getting dozens of interviews from a wide variety of perspectives.
Given the extremely controversial nature of the subject matter and our strong insistence on editorial independence from our funders, funding has been a challenge throughout this project. However, with support from some enthusiastic and generous donors along with grants from the California State University of San Bernardino, we have successfully completed the production phase of this project and are ready to enter post-production.
With such a contentious conflict, one of our biggest concerns has always been ensuring the accuracy of the information we present. To that end, we have been meticulously researching every line of the interviews we have conducted using a broad range of the latest research that the academic community has to offer. We have spent months compiling research in order to be able to offer a complete transcript of our documentary with academic references to support or refute the claims our interview subjects make.
We believe that the history we are presenting is absolutely crucial to understanding one of the most disputed conflicts in the world. We have overcome too many obstacles to give up now. No matter what happens, we will finish this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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