There is no access to Deir Yassin.
The first Arab village to be conquered by the Jewish underground fighters in April 1948 has been fenced off since 1951, when the government’s ‘Kfar Shaul’ psychiatric hospital was established.
There is also no access to the classified photographs locked away in the archives of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which show the massacre that occurred in that pivotal battle.
Deir Yassin is a stain on Israel’s past, that no one likes to talk about or acknowledge.
This film insists on showing Deir Yassin to tell the story of this cursed piece of land in its various incarnations over the past century.
Dror Nissan is trying to trace his past. He arrives at the mental hospital to receive his mother’s medical records. She was a paranoid-schizophrenic patient who was hospitalized there from the 1950s until her death. He was taken from her at birth.
The journey Dror sets out on to discover the secrets of his past parallels to the journey which we, the filmmakers, embark on to discover the secrets of our founding fathers, those who conquered Deir Yassin. The revisionist underground fighters who occupied the village are documented here for the first time, along with the spies who were sent to follow them from the opposition, and the undertakers – the youngsters who were sent to “mop up” the aftermath.
Through their often contradicting memories we disclose the Israeli narrative of Deir Yassin, a traumatic massacre or a heroic, pivotal battle, resulting in a mass exodus of Arab residents which was considered the beginning of the Palestinian refugee problem.
Prix du Jury, Festival du Film israélien, Paris, 2018
Prix “Mémoire de la Méditerranée”, PriMed 2017
Official Selection, Docs Barcelona 2017
Official Selection, Jerusalem Film Festival 2017