Israeli Documentary About Supernova Tragedy in Production

On Oct. 7, 2023, Israel and Hamas went to war after the latter launched a surprise offensive on the former. From the Gaza Strip where they have been in power in since 2006, Hamas launched about 3,000 missiles onto Israel and later, followed up with an additional 2,500 armed personnel entering Israel. Israel and Hamas had been fighting on-and-off in Gaza since 2006 but the latter’s offensive was so large that it made Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to officially declare war on Hamas. Both sides of the current Israel-Hamas war have committed horrible crimes toward one another since the war started, with one of those crimes being the killing of 270+ festival attendees at the Supernova Sukkot Gathering trance music festival. This festival is the Israeli edition of Brazilian trance festival Universo Parallelo and it celebrates the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

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According to an article from The Hollywood Reporter, Israeli production company Sipur is now working with Israeli broadcasters HOT 8 and HSCC about the attack on the Supernova Sukkot Gathering, which became a part of the first triggers of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The attack on the festival is also a part of the offensive onto Israeli soil that led to the killing of more than 1,300 people and the kidnapping of more than 200 civilians and soldiers. The filmmakers will use exclusive film material from attendees and key people who attended and participated at the Supernova Sukkot Gathering. In this documentary, the producers and directors will provide “an in-depth look at the festival before, during, and after the attack”.

Additional features in the documentary

Also in the documentary, it will include interviews with investigators, soldiers, and journalists who were on site at the Supernova Sukkot Gathering. Additionally, the documentary will include unseen footage from festival attendees and participants who witnessed the tragedy unfolded in front of them.

Festival organizers of the Supernova Sukkot Gathering issued their first statement after the massacre

After the tragic events that took place, the organizers/producers of Supernova Sukkot Gathering. the TRIBE of NOVA, issued their first statement in Hebrew via Facebook.

“Our dear tribe of Nova, first and foremost, we want to convey our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the families, friends, partners and couples who have lost their loved ones or have been affected by the tragic events that unfolded, following that magic night and that turned into an exceedingly heavy morning”.

Excerpt from the TRIBE of NOVA’s statement on Facebook about the tragedy at the Supernova Sukkot Gathering

Documentary director Yariv Mozer speaks about the events at the festival

“I have seen things in my life. I have lived through wars; I have fought in wars and I have even filmed during a war. But nothing prepared me for the harsh images I have seen in the remains of the massacre that took place at the Nova music festival. I see it as my duty as a documentary filmmaker to bring to the world the testimonies and horrific stories from the survivors of this slaughter. Young women and men whose only sin was their desire for music, and the passion to celebrate free love, spirit and freedom”.

Directo Yariv Mozer’s statement about the recent tragedy