"Farha” is at the Center of Controversy for Telling a Palestinian Story

"Farha” is at the Center of Controversy for Telling a Palestinian Story

“Farha,” a film that focuses on a young Palestinian girl’s dream of getting an education and the disastrous events that come in her way in 1948 when Israel declares independence and her village is attacked, arrived on Netflix in December 2022. The film has been met with backlash from several Israeli government officials and supporters who criticized the film for portraying atrocities committed by Israeli fighters.

The massacre of Palestinians and destruction of their homes in 1948 by Israeli fighters is referred to as the Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic), during which 750,000 Palestinians fled their homeland. This history is contested in Israel, where the events of 1948 are depicted as a triumphant gain of independence. The government has worked to censor documentation of the Nakba. The director of the film, Darin J. Sallam noted that telling the story of the Nakba, and what many Palestinians lived through, was important to preserve their history.

In the aftermath of the backlash, some Netflix users reported issues accessing or searching for the film due to language settings, raising suspicions that the streaming company was suppressing the film.

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