Filmmakers of “Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre” have unveiled a first-look trailer of the harrowing documentary film, which charts the dramatic events that took place during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack at a music festival in Southern Israel through the eyes of survivors.
Currently in production, the immersive one-hour film features eyewitness accounts from survivors of the massacre and first responders, as well as real-time footage collected from multiple sources. In addition, the doc provides a timeline of the attack, in which 365 attendees were killed, hundreds wounded and 40 kidnapped. The film portrays several survivors, one of whom hid a shelter that was hit by a grenade, as well as parents whose children have been taken hostage.
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“Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre” is being made by a stellar team, including producers Reinhardt Beetz, Duki Dror (“Inside the Mossad”) and leading Israeli producer/EP Danna Stern (“The Devil Next Door,” “The Oslo Diaries”). The documentary is also a collective effort that has brought together award-winning filmmakers and producers such as Yossi Bloch (“The Devil Next Door”), Noam Pinchas (“Murky Skies”) and executive producer Arthur Essebag, a revered French producer, TV host and founder of Satisfaction Group. Producers are currently in negotiations to sell the film to TV channels across Europe.
“We started covering the event in real-time, but only now are the details of this coordinated terror attack coming together to provide a comprehensive overview,” said Beetz, CEO of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, adding that this “story will undoubtedly resonate for years to come.”
Dror, who is co-directing and producing, said “the magnitude and scenes we have documented are almost inconceivable and unprecedentedly they have been filmed by both perpetrators and victims.”
The filmmaker said they have “collected footage from dozens of different sources including Hamas’ own cameramen and GoPros, the victims’ mobile phones, CCTV footage, dash cams and from first responders on site, providing an unprecedented, comprehensive and emotional overview of the massacre.”
The attack by Hamas on the festival, which was attended by over 3,500 revelers from multiple countries, was part of a series of raids on numerous Israeli targets carried out in the early hours of a holiday weekend. In total, more than 1,200 civilians were killed by Hamas during the attack. Out of the 240 hostages taken, only 80 have been released. The attacks prompted a war between Israel and Hamas on the Gaza strip. Last week, Israeli forces agreed to a four-day ceasefire, which was extended for two days and is meant to end on Thursday morning.
Beetz has produced several films in the Middle East, including the award-winning documentary “Gaza,” which played at Sundance, and this year’s Oscar qualifying “In the Shadow of Beirut,” co-produced with Hillary Clinton’s Hidden Light Productions.
Watch the trailer below.
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