The documentary 1948: Creation and Catastrophe will screen at Rhodes College tonight, Friday, October 20 at 6:30 PM.
The film is co-directed by Andy Trimlett, an Emmy-winning producer who has worked for PBS, and Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, Professor of Communication Studies at California State University. Timlett and Muhtaseb conducted more than 90 interviews and poured over archives around the world for ten years to tell the story of the post-Holocaust creation of the modern state of Israel and the Palestinians displaced in the process. These events set in motion much of today's conflict in the Middle East, and the seemingly intractable Palestinian refugee crises in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The screening is something of a homecoming for Muhaseb, who earned her PhD at the University of Memphis, where she came as a Fullbright Scholar from her native Hebron. The film is presented by Amnesty International and the Rhodes College Muslim Student Association.