The Jordanian social issue drama “Farha”, which is currently streaming on Netflix, has stirred global attention and “proves popular”, despite Israeli outrage and denial of the reality of its depicted events.
Israeli officials didn't want depictions of the true story of what happened to Palestinians in 1948 to be shown on Netflix. But Netflix stood firm & released 'Farha' today. Watch it!pic.twitter.com/FyJv13up5a— Omar Baddar عمر بدّار (@OmarBaddar) December 1, 2022
Directed by Jordanian Darin J. Sallam, the movie portrays Palestinians’ struggle and suffering, through the lens of a Palestinian teenager named Farha, and how her dreams and rights were “shattered by the harrowing developments of the Nakbeh”, according to Netflix.
The Nakbeh is an Arabic word which means a “disaster” or “catastrophe”. Specifically, this word is commonly used to refer to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948, as well as the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians subsequent to the creation of the Israeli state on Palestinian land.
Like America has had to address its horrific past to heal, so does every nation. This dialogue and recollection is at the heart of democracy. It’s led to some of America’s finest moments. Art is our salvation. We are better for it. https://t.co/l9ExDPBJfv— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 5, 2022
The Jordanian film, which has been described by some viewers as “eye-opening”, has received largely positive reviews.
“Movies are not only for fun and entertainment; they sometimes tell the world the untold truth,” Sarah Hussein, a Jordanian in her 30s who watched the movie, told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.
This film serves as a reminder of the Israeli-perpetrated massacres of Palestinians that started in 1948, and never truly ended, Hussein said.
Seren Yousef, a Jordanian, said that “this movie is powerful and it was denied by Israelis because it has further exposed their atrocities against the people of Palestine”.
The film has simply shown a narrative that is not accepted by Israelis, she told The Jordan Times.
I watched Farha last night and highly recommend it. The Israel fanatics don't want you to see this bone-chilling, honest depiction of Zionist depravity and violence.— Nora Barrows-Friedman (@norabf) December 2, 2022
On Twitter, London-based writer Shareefa Energy commented on the movie, writing that “over 800,000 Palestinians displaced, 15,000 massacred, 418 villages ethnically cleansed in 1948…”
Journalist Ahmed Eldin tweeted: “The Israeli regime is in Full Panic Mode over FARHA”.
According to a statement which was jointly released by the director and producers of Farha following Israeli outrage over the movie said that the movie has been “aggressively attacked” by Israeli government officials and other representatives through social media platforms and other mediums.
The Israeli outrage over Netflix film Farha, on the Palestinian Nakba is a total joke.— Robert Carter (@Bob_cart124) December 4, 2022
Netflix has platformed a ton of pro-Israel propaganda clap trap over the years.
Along comes ONE Palestinian film and they crumble like snowflakes. How weak.#Farha #Netflix pic.twitter.com/skbkwl6nYR
“We condemn the onslaught of hateful messages, harassment, accusations and bullying by Israelis that are targeting the film’s director on social media and on other outlets,” the statement said.
Anyone who empathised with Anne Franks story needs to watch Farha on Netflix. True Story of a Palestinian girl who survived the Nakba. Over 800,000 Palestinians displaced, 15,000 massacred,418 villages ethnically cleansed in 1948 when Europeans came to Palestine to claim ‘Israel’ pic.twitter.com/Jl6GjPVcrk— Shareefa Energy (@ShareefaEnergy) December 3, 2022
Israeli attempts to silence the movie’s director and producers are against freedom of speech, the statement added.
In this regard, the Royal Film Commission (RFC) announced that it has been supportive of the film since its release. A statement from the RFC said that “we are against any attempts to curtail the freedom of expression, and impose a certain narrative, while certainly hate speech, and intimidation campaigns are unacceptable”.
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