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The Great Book Robbery, Screening & Discussion with Director Benny Brunner


The Great Book Robbery, a new film from director Benny Brunner, tells the story of the looting of 70,000 Palestinian books during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

Five years in the making, the 57-minute film interweaves various story lines in a structure that is dramatically compelling and emotionally unsettling. The film's interviews center on eyewitness accounts and cultural critiques that place the book plunder affair in a larger historical-cultural context.

70,000 Palestinian books were systematically "collected" by the newly born state of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the "collected" books is at the heart of our film.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Director and Producer Benny Brunner.


Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 7:45PM
Schermerhorn Building, Room 501
Columbia University
Enter gates on 116th and Broadway or Amsterdam