Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Journalist and The Jijadi

Journalism is a serious matter. Good
journalism is essential and dangerous. Tonight HBO airs the documentary The Journalist and the Jihadi, the murder of Daniel Pearl.

As you might have read in our previos posts, 35 journalist have been killed to date. The numbers are increasing with the conflicts. And the search for truth is in some cases are death sentences. We hope you might tune in. There are a lot more things about journalists than their ties or sexual preferences. They risk their life for the information. So please don't trivialize their lives nor their sacrifices.


Narrated by acclaimed journalist Christiane Amanpour, THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL was directed and produced by Ahmed A. Jamal and Ramesh Sharma, who gained unprecedented access to many of the key figures in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in early 2002. Anant Singh ("Sarafina!," "Cry, The Beloved Country," HBO's Oscar®- nominated "Yesterday") also produced. The debut of THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL coincides with events taking place around the globe between Oct. 6 and 15, and organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which battles cultural and religious intolerance through journalism, music and dialogue. Through the words of Pearl's family, friends and colleagues, as well as FBI agents and State Department employees involved in negotiations for Pearl's release, and those who knew Sheikh best, including former schoolmates and associates, the documentary explores the forces that led to the tragedy. Interviewees also include noted philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy; Pakistani police officials; Khalid Khawaja, a retired squadron leader of the Pakistani air force and a former Pakistan Intelligence Officer, known for his links with extreme religious organizations; and Maulana Shamszai, a noted Islamic scholar and the leading source of inspiration for the Taliban, and head of a madrassa (Islamic religious school) in Pakistan. Ahmed A. Jamal has received numerous awards for his films, including "Who Will Cast the First Stone?" and "The Beach Boys of Sri Lanka." Through the independent production company First Take Ltd., he has made several groundbreaking documentaries, including "Dead Man Talking," "The Bounty Hunter," "The Dancing Girls of Lahore," "Camel Kids," "Iran - The Other Story" and "The Fundamental Question." Ramesh Sharma is an award-winning feature film and TV producer-director. His Moving Picture Company India Ltd. is among the leading production houses in India. Sharma's list of credits includes the feature film "New Delhi Times," an award winner at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as well as numerous acclaimed documentaries, including "Rumtek," "Drikung - A Faith in Exile," "Afghanistan - The Taliban Years and Beyond" and "Jihad - The Sword of Islam." THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL is an HBO Documentary Films presentation, co-produced by Moving Picture, First Take Ltd. and Distant Horizon. Directed and produced by Ahmed A. Jamal and Ramesh Sharma; producer, Anant Singh; narrated by Christiane Amanpour; written by Amit Roy; edited by Tony Appleton; music by David Heath. For HBO: executive producers, Sheila Nevins and Lisa Heller.


9 comentarios:

annick said...

Is that bottom picture what I think it is? My heart goes out to Marianne Pearl-- I don't know how she can stay sane after what was done to her husband

Christiane said...

welcome annick,
unfortunately it is. It is sad to see what human nature can do. Pearl was decapitated because they thought he was a CIA agent. People forget recent history and its context. That was the first image that came to my mind when Radar magazine published the information of Anderson Cooper's CIA Internship. No one has the right to put at risk other peoples life.
For generations to come, Daniel Pearl will be a character in an Angelina Jolie movie. They will forget that he died looking for the truth of Al Queda.
The same with Anna, who was shot at her apartment building.
This were real people. And their stories should not be forgotten and less repeated.

ivy said...

I don't have HBO but I hope to find this program somewhere later. It is important to remmeber what journalists are risking and their sacrifices and give our respect to the ones who are currently trying to bring us important news. The title made me think of Michael Ware... The history does not need to repeat itself and it's even more important to be careful what informaition goes out to the public about people who risk their life and make it worse then it already is.

Jade said...

Hey Christiane...wow. I am recording the documentary. There hasn't been much PR on this, so I hope that those who think journalism is nothing but "lights, camera, action!" get a good look and a reminder that journalists put themselves and their families lives on the line for the story.

courtney01 said...

This breaks my heart because these people truly are trivialized for entertainment purposes.

Their sacrifices should never be forgotten, whether those sacrifices be for time with families or their lives.

marie said...

He would have been 43 today. :(

ivy said...

sorry for offtop: Just in : Plane crashes into Manhattan building news from yahoo.

ivy said...

correction: local abc station asys it was a helicopter, not a plane

ivy said...

now FAA is saying it ws a small fixed-wing aircraft. So at this point nobody's sure what it was .


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