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Jordanian film Farha released on Netflix, sparks outrage among Israeli officials

Filmmaker Darin Sallam’s debut, “Farha” is also the Jordanian entry for the 2023 Academy Awards.

Jordanian film “Farha” released on Netflix has sparked outrage among Israeli officials!

Farha sheds light on the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in 1948 during the Nakba.

As reported, various other Israeli officials have denounced the production of “Farha” in public statements.

The outgoing Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman in a recent statement said, “It’s crazy that Netflix decided to stream a movie whose whole purpose is to create a false pretense and incite against Israeli soldiers.”

Furthermore, Liberman is reported to have taken steps to revoke state funding to a theatre in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa that screened the film, with the “goal of preventing the screening of this shocking film or other similar ones in the future.”

In response to its screening on Netflix, there has been coordinated down voting of the OTT platform’s ratings online, as well as a social media campaign calling on people to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.

In all the mayhem, there are voices who continue support the film’s release on Netflix.





The film Farha, based on the true events, tells the story of an individual tragedy that took place during the 1948 war to create the state of Israel — where Palestinians, who remember the event as the Nakba, or catastrophe, were expelled from their homes by the hundreds of thousands.

As per the film’s synopsis: A 14-year-old Palestinian girl, nursing dreams of breaking out of the traditional gender expectations of her village to attend school at a nearby city, is forced into hiding by her father after their quiet settlement is attacked by soldiers of the newly created Israeli Defense Forces. Hiding inside a locked pantry while waiting for her father to return, she watches through a small opening in the wall as Israeli soldiers execute a Palestinian family — including two young children and a baby.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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