My Trip to Al-Qaeda
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In 2006, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright staged My Trip to al-Qaeda, a one-man performance that explored the moral dilemmas he encountered while researching his best-selling book, The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Culled from more than 600 interviews and 4,100 pages of notes, the play integrated his journalistic insights with personal stories, live footage, and photos of the places he visited during his extensive research. In MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA, Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney brings Wright's performance to the big screen and chronicles his quest to understand the history and the modern incarnation of radical Islamic terrorism.
"My Trip to Al-Qaeda is, in effect, a crash course in the history of modern Islamic terrorism." --Vanity Fair
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The principle subject, and indeed the guiding force, behind "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" is Lawrence Wright. Wright is a journalist who has spent much time working in the Middle East, co-wrote the screenplay to "The Siege" (a 1998 film about terrorism on American soil), penned the bestseller "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" and staged a one-man multimedia theater event that is the basis for this movie. In fact, much of the presentation focuses on Wright as he performs (or you might say narrates) before a live audience. Sounds simple and scaled back, and it is. But it is also thoroughly compelling and thought provoking. The movie also uses archival news footage, outside interviews, and portions of Wright on location.Read more ›
Here's the scoop. Lawrence Wright, who wrote and narrates this piece, is a reporter and has written a couple of screen plays. He takes the viewer through the history of mid-eastern terrorism and gets us to see things through their eyes. He's not a sympathizer per se. He has no love for them and feels they enjoy being victims. It fuels their hate. But he gets us to see the sense (as screwed up as that might be) in their thought process.
In one observation he notes that when we invaded Kuwait, we put female soldiers on the ground. So here we have these Muslims, who treat women like ashtrays, not only seeing Christians furthering the Crusades, but we're doing it with women. This is just too much for them to bare. He notes other similar examples. But he also points the finger back at us in that we bought into it. Certain actions we took, violence, torture, etc., turned some mid-eastern men into terrorists, and turned us into paranoids. We are no longer the country we hoped to be. We spy on our own citizens and perform torture on our enemies. We make them stronger in their resolve.
This is a heck of an outing. I feel as though I learned more watching this, and got a greater understanding of things, than in much of what I've seen since 911. I cannot stress strongly enough that every American watch this. We may have crossed the Rubicon and have entered into something from which there is no return. I hope not, but that hope is dwindling.
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Want to see whats wrong with America look no further on this video you will see what Islam wants you to see some simple facts what you see now has been going on since the ninth... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A must see, for everyone! Very eye opening!
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This is first hand account so that's the advantage. There are other viewpoints. Nevertheless, I do recommend thisPublished 12 months ago by A. Merola
Insightful look into the apocalyptic thinking that drives Al-Qaeda and other religious extremists who are hoping to usher in the "end of days."Published 15 months ago by Garrison Northup
I loved this documentary!!! The think the defining quote is: "El Qaeda is more a reaction to something than an actual visionary movement. Read morePublished 17 months ago by matthew am
A thoroughly engaging and provocative film that poses important questions about the future of America and gives us deep insight into the psychology of Al Qaeda and other terror... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by jennifer macdonald