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The year 1913 was a time of transformation when Ottoman rule in Palestine was still strong, the personal identities of people living there were fluid and overlapping, and few could imagine the conflict that would dominate the region for most of the next century. Seeds of Conflict focuses on the period just before World War I, when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact and the conflict was just beginning to germinate. The film taps an exciting new vein of contemporary scholarship through historians who are exploring the period before the British conquest of Palestine in 1917 and all that would follow, exploring the multi-cultural, multi-lingual Ottoman Empire in its waning years—a colorful society pulled between medieval and modern influences, where alliances had as much to do with familial ties as they had to do with the hierarchy of Ottoman rule.