According to the film’s website:
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.
The drive to “collect” the books came from the management and librarians of Israel’s National Library – a leading cultural institution of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel – where all the valuable books ended up. Another forty thousand (40,000) Palestinian books were “collected” in Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth and other places.
What if the political winds blew away the books in your private library? What roles do books, poets, and intellectuals play in political conflict? Of what use are warehoused books to either side? Is it of real strategic value to control the cultural archives of an occupied people? At what point should these books be made accessible to Palestinian libraries—or returned to the families of their owners? Certainly, the film alludes to just how powerful a book can be.
The complete film (with commentary from a political organization) can be viewed online: