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Screening  |  The History of Terrorism: The Mumbai Massacre

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:30 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

This PBS documentary is about the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the home of the Bollywood Industry. The story of the multiple, coordinated attacks that targetted The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, The Trident-Oberoi Hotel, Nariman House, a Jewish community center, and Cama Hospital among others is told completely from the perspective of the victims.

Guest speaker Mustafa Gokcek is an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Russian history at Niagara University with an interest in the history of terror in the Islamic world. He has extensive ties with the Turkish and Muslim American community in Western New York will join Buffalo State professors Drs. Albert Michaels and York Norman. 


Film: The Mumbai Massacre

Director: Victoria Midwinter Pitt

Release Date: 2010

Country of Origin: United States

Narrrator: Liev Shreiber


The Mumbai terror attacks grabbed and held the world’s attention for three days. But in many ways, the story – in words and pictures – that we all absorbed was an opaque account. News footage from the outside of burning buildings. Quick sound bites from survivors as they rushed from the siege. And later brisk accounts from the trial of the one surviving gunman.

But what actually went on inside those buildings? What went on in the heads of the people who one minute were eating dinner, or reading in bed, and the next were the prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse? We read and hear so much about terrorism, but what is it actually like to experience it?

That is the territory Mumbai Massacre sets out to explore.