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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 OscarĀ®- 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.

Andy Coon on October 19th, 2006 at 7:47 pm 

What a moving piece this was. It didn’t catch me until about 15 minutes into it. We need more journalist like Daniel Pearl in the world…especially in this country. Who knows what he might of uncovered.

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