POSTPONED "1948: Creation & Catastrophe" at the Human Rights Speakers Serie...

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PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until 2019.

The City of West Hollywood's Human Rights Speakers Series and Impact Media Partners present a screening and panel discussion for:


Through riveting and moving personal accounts of both Palestinians and Israelis, "1948: Creation & Catastrophe" reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of the state of Israel through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is simply not possible to understand what is happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today without an understanding of what happened in 1948. This documentary was the last chance for many of its Israeli and Palestinian interviewees to narrate their first-hand accounts of the creation of a state and the expulsion of a nation.

Featuring SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS on the film and understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Andy Trimlett, Co-Director

Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has over decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria, winning a regional Emmy for a 30-minute documentary he co-produced about property tax law in California.

Ahlam Muhtaseb, Co-Director

Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to national and international conventions and scholarly meetings. Her most recent project is the documentary 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, a film on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences which has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in the Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. In addition, most of her recent research focuses on digital media and social movements online (cyber activism), and Arab and Muslim images in the media. ​


Validated free parking is available at the directly adjacent West Hollywood Library parking lot.

6:00pm Pre-Screening reception, including food and drink

6:45pm Screening

8:15pm Panel & Audience Q&A


City of West Hollywood Human Rights Speakers Series (HRSS)

Impact Media Partners*

* The Community Perspectives Film Series is a program of Impact Media Partners.

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