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Radio Propaganda HaTizmoret


Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 2 – June 3
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Israel
Year 2023
Running Time 82 MIN
Languages Hebrew, Arabic
Director Ofer Pinhasov

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The untold story of Beit Shidir, an underground Israeli radio station that produced intelligence and political warfare against Arab countries from the 1940s to 1960s. With the arrival of Jews from Arabic speaking countries after 1948, “The Voice of Israel in Arabic” appeared to be an innocuous station that aired news and songs for Jews living in Syria, Egypt and Iraq. The Israeli administration used the broadcasts for propaganda, psychological warfare and manipulating public opinion with codes implanted within the broadcast that would activate agents living in these countries. Rich with archival footage, the film offers a glimpse into the life of Jews in the Arab world.

Presentation Details

Jury Statement The surprising, previously untold story of The Voice of Israel in Arabic reflects the persuasive power of radio in the early decades of the state. Highlighting the popular music and personalities of the times, the documentary examines the role of the broadcasts—directed at the neighboring Arab countries--as both a bridge between cultures and a strategy of psychological warfare. It also presents a fresh angle on the experience of Jewish immigrants from those lands, the hardships they faced and the societal tensions involved. With its creative use of archival material and compelling personal accounts, Radio Propaganda is a powerful, multilayered film with a sharp contemporary resonance.