Weird Cinema Hosts Tantura Documentary to Mark 76 th Anniversary of the Nakba

On Saturday, May 18 th at 7 pm, Weird Cinema at Weird Church in Cumberland will showcase a documentary that marks the anniversary of the Nakba, This Arabic term means “catastrophe”,
and refers to the mass displacement and dispossession of Palestinians during the 1948 Arab- Israeli war. Before the Nakba, Palestine was a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. However,
the conflict between Arabs and Jews intensified in the 1930s with the increase of Jewish immigration, driven by persecution in Europe, and with the Zionist movement aiming to
establish a Jewish state in Palestine.

The feature film Tantura is a 2022 Israeli documentary challenging Israel's understanding of the war.  Director Alon Schwarz and crew investigate controversial events at the Palestinian village of Tantura in May 1948, where survivors claimed to witness a massacre of civilians by Israeli troops.   The Los Angeles Times calls the documentary “Chilling and blood boiling”.  Following the viewing, the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A with Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University.  He is a noted scholar and author of a number of books on the Middle East with a focus on Israel/Palestine.  He will appear via Zoom.

Admission to Weird Cinema at 2688 Penrith Ave. in Cumberland is by donation. The event is co-sponsored by World Community Development Education Society and Mid-Islanders for Justice & Peace in the Middle East/CV. FMI please call 250-331-9391 or visit