Journalist in the Jihadi-Murder of Daniel Pearl

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Narrated by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, this 80-minute film tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and British-born jihadi Omar Sheikh. Both men were passionate, intelligent individuals from privileged backgrounds, and both were sympathetic to the plight of Muslims around the world, though Pearl was Jewish.

With the rise of Islamic militancy in the 1990s, however, the two men's paths diverged; in 2002, those paths collided when Sheikh executed a cunning con game that ended in Pearl's headline-making kidnapping and murder in Pakistan and the remorseless Sheikh's arrest under mysterious circumstances.


Studio HBO
SKU 203249881
UPC 026359401121
UPC 14 00026359401121
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Ahmed A. Jamal, et. al. - Director
Amit Roy - Writer
Bithin Das, et. al. - Cinematographer
Christiane Amanpour - Narrated By
Daniel Pearl - Featuring
David Heath - Original Music By
Omar Sheikh - Featuring
Ramesh J. Sharma, et. al. - Producer
Tony Appleton - Editor
ReviewSource Variety
Review Although playing more like an extended "20/20" segment than a cinematic docu, "The Journalist and the Jihadi -- The Murder of Daniel Pearl" lends itself effortlessly to a cross-cultural exploration of terrorism and the sort of informed idealism the Wall Street Journal reporter himself propounded. Stitching together a fascinating investigation of both the kidnapper and his victim, helmers Ahmed A. Jamal and Ramesh J. Sharma (respectively Pakistani and Indian) explore the events while maintaining an almost hagiographic appreciation of Pearl's life and values...Jamal and Sharma use an impressive number of sources and material, juggling talking heads so well that the occasional out-of-focus recreations feel unnecessary.
Reviewer Jay Weissberg
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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