Dr. Muhtaseb's film, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, was just published in the peer-review journal of Arab Studies Quarterly (Vol. 40, No. 1.). Dr. Terri Ginsberg, a well-known cinema studies scholar of AUC, provides a deep intellectual analysis of the film, with a short historical contextualization of the conflict and the popular/scholarly discourse around it.
Says Dr. Ginsberg:
“1948 accomplishes its goal with a minimum of political compromise and historiographical distortion, and this is likely due in part to the fact that, according to one of its intertitles, the film was extensively researched.”
“Despite these issues, 1948 makes its undeniable intervention into the contemporary media scape as an asymmetrical balancing of Zionism’s unbalanced symmetry between Palestinian and Jewish suffering, and on this basis the film represents a landmark in the cinematic treatment of the topic.”