A Reel War: Shalal


History is archived by the victors.

While searching in an Israeli archive, a hardheaded filmmaker stumbles across film reels from a long-lost PLO archive seized by Israel in the 1982 Lebanon war. As never-before-seen footage of Palestinians is shown to the viewer, our filmmaker begins to wonder what is so dangerous in it that it requires hiding.

The more she uncovers about the truth of these historical records, the more she comes into conflict with the bureaucracy of Israel’s defense apparatus, which denies possessing additional footage. Will she be able to wrestle back any of this untold history, or will the reels forever remain buried?

Director: Karnit Mandel



Duration: 55 min.
Date of Release: 16/11/2021
Country of Production: ISRAEL

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Involved Broadcasters

Channel 8, Israel

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

The New Fund for Cinema and TV, Other Israel , JFI ,


Current Affairs, History, Politics