Israel’s War Against Palestine: Documenting the Military Occupation of Palestinian and Arab Lands

Seven Deadly Myths

8 October 2012

My name is Lia Tarachansky and I’m a Russian-Israeli (and Canadian) video journalist covering Israel/Palestine for The Real News. I’m also the director of this upcoming documentary, Seven Deadly Myths (working title).

I’ve just found out Seven Deadly Myths was selected as a semi-finalist in the documentary competition Cuban Hat. If we win, most of our post-production costs will be covered. To move on to the finals, we need you to vote for us (leave the “pledge” line empty and remember to click the link in the confirmation e-mail you’ll receive).

This film tells the stories of four veterans of the 1948 war that erased from the Israeli landscape hundreds of Palestinian villages and connects their stories to the modern-day Palestinian dispossession through the occupation and settlements. The film also profiles my personal journey from a place of denial, growing up in a settlement in the heart of the occupied West Bank, to confronting a landscape of erasure and denial.

This film is important not just as a documentary about the Middle East and our conflict. It is a film that challenges taboos and sheds light into the darkest corners of colonialism. Thanks to this film I have already had the privilege of addressing audiences all over the world, from South Africa to North America, Europe and Israel itself, and discover that because the voices in this film are of those who themselves participated in the processes of denial, it opens conversations and spaces for change that otherwise remain barbwired in contention.

We’ve filmed it, but we need help to edit and finish its post-production. You can find more information about the film on our website, donate to our Indie Go Go campaign, and vote for us to become finalists in the Cuban Hat competition. The clock is ticking as the deadlines are coming up fast for both.

If you can’t afford to donate, there are other ways you can help us, just visit the Indie Go Go page to see how!

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