“1948: Creation and Catastrophe” with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb & Dr. Maha Nassar


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Recorded May 18, 2022

As Palestinians commemorate 74 years since the Nakba, FMEP’s Palestinian non-resident fellow Dr. Maha Nassar talks with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino, about her award-winning documentary, “1948: Creation and Catastrophe.


Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She is co-producer and co-director, with Andy Trimlett, of the award-winning documentary “1948: Creation & Catastrophe.” Dr. Muhtaseb won the 2019 Rebuilding Alliance “Story Teller” Award, and the film won the Jerusalem International Film Festival’s 2019 Special Jury Award in the Feature Documentary category.

Dr. Maha Nassar is an associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, where she specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the modern Arab world. Her award-winning book, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2017), examines how Palestinian intellectuals connected to global decolonization movements during the mid-twentieth century. A 2018 Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, Dr. Nassar’s analysis and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, +972 Magazine, The Conversation, and The Hill. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, son, and daughter, and she is working on her next book, a global history of Palestine’s people. Follow Dr. Nassar on Twitter here: @mtnassar