The Great Book Robbery by Benny Brunner (The Netherlands/Israel, 2011, 57 min.). Trace the history behind 30,000 books systematically “collected” from Arab neighborhoods in Western Jerusalem during the 1948 war. Today, about 6,000 of the these books can be found on the shelves of Israel’s National Library indexed with the label AP – Abandoned Property. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Red Stone by Ahmad Damen (Palestine, 2012, 48 min.). Taking its title from the characteristic red stone used to build many of Jerusalem’s historic buildings, Damen’s investigative documentary focuses on Palestinian areas of West Jerusalem that were depopulated in 1948 to create the state of Israel. This touching film uses personal narratives and archival footage to tell the stories of the displaced inhabitants and their attempts to reunite with their childhood homes.