or


[09/08/11 - 08:26 AM]
Oscar(R)-Nominated Documentary "Killing in the Name" Chronicles One Man's Mission to Expose the True Cost of Terrorism When It Debuts Sept. 14, Exclusively on HBO2
Director Jed Rothstein's other HBO credits include "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," "Coma" and "Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech."

[via press release from HBO]

OSCAR(R)-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY "KILLING IN THE NAME" CHONICLES ONE MAN'S MISSION TO EXPOSE THE TRUE COST OF TERRORISM WHEN IT DEBUTS SEPT. 14, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO2

It should have been the happiest day of their lives. Instead, the 2005 wedding of Ashraf al-Khaled and his bride became a nightmare when a suicide bomber killed 27 members of their party in Amman, Jordan.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, al-Khaled vowed to break the silence in the Muslim community on a taboo subject, embarking on a mission to reveal the true cost of terrorism. Oscar(R)-nominated this year in the category of Best Documentary Short, KILLING IN THE NAME chronicles al-Khaled's quest when it debuts WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14 (8:00-8:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO2.

Other HBO2 playdates: Sept. 16 (1:30 p.m.), 18 (9:00 a.m.), 25 (5:25 a.m.) and 30 (5:30 p.m., 5:15 a.m.)

In the five years following al-Khaled's wedding-day tragedy, approximately 88,000 people were killed by terrorists, with Muslims the majority of casualties. KILLING IN THE NAME follows al-Khaled as he tries to understand the factors that foster terrorism within the Muslim world, and start a dialogue with even the most hardened radicals. In addition to al-Khaled's wedding, the film focuses on two other attacks: the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, and the 2005 explosion in Hilla, Iraq, which killed 130.

Zaid, an Al Qaeda recruiter tied to the wedding massacre, would not meet with al-Khaled but agreed to be interviewed on camera, saying the hotel where the wedding took place was targeted because Jews and "crusaders" would be nearby. Asked about Muslims dying at the hands of an Al Qaeda terrorist claiming to kill in the name of Islam, he replies that al-Khaled should not base his picture of all mujahedeen based on this "one mistake he has experienced." He also says he would need just a month to instill his beliefs in someone to the point where they would want to kill themselves to carry out jihad.

In Feb. 2005, one of Zaid's recruits, Ra'ed Al-Banna, blew himself up in a crowded square in Hilla, Iraq, killing approximately 130 others, including 100 Muslims. "It was a great killing, and until now, from what I've learned, it's the greatest operation carried out by one person alone," Zaid says. Al-Banna's father, Mansour, who invites al-Khaled into his home to be interviewed, never saw his son as political or radicalized, and is conflicted about the death of his son, believing both that he was forced to commit his crime and that he is a martyr.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, al-Khaled meets Nasir Abbas, a one-time jihadist who testified against the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah, the largest Islamic militant organization in Southeast Asia and a vital partner of Al Qaeda. Since becoming a vocal critic of the violent modern jihad philosophy, Abbas has met with hundreds of convicted terrorists.

In Bali, al-Khaled enlists a widow from the 2002 attack to travel with him to a madrassa in Java, where students are taught that the Bali bombers were heroes. The students argue that the widow's loss of a husband is small in comparison to those who have lost much more in the name of Islam. Although al-Khaled quotes the Koran to explain that terrorists cannot commandeer the "name of Islam," the students remain steadfast in their principles.

Since his trip to Bali, al-Khaled has honed his classroom skills, waging his own war on terrorism by speaking to young Muslim students. In one discussion, students admit killing only causes more killing. But he won't stop until there is an end to the violence.

In addition to receiving an Oscar(R) nomination, KILLING IN THE NAME was named Best Documentary at the 2010 L.A. Shorts Fest.

Director Jed Rothstein's other HBO credits include "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," "Coma" and "Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech." He received a 2002 Emmy(R) for research for "Kids Behind Bars."

KILLING IN THE NAME is supported by the Global Survivors Network, which Ashraf al-Khaled co-founded along with Carie Lemack. GSN supports survivors of terrorism from around the world and helps them share their stories in an effort to prevent future acts of violent terrorism.

KILLING IN THE NAME is directed by Jed Rothstein; producers, Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy and Jed Rothstein; co-producer, Jessica Van Garsse; editor, Kate Taverna; director of photography, Tom Hurwitz; executive producer, Carie Lemack.





  [september 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[09/28/16 - 02:03 PM]
VH1 and Freeform Acquire All Five Seasons of "The Mindy Project" from NBCUniversal's Universal Television
The show will begin airing on both networks in October and episodes will also be available on the VH1 and Freeform apps.

[09/28/16 - 02:02 PM]
Universal Cable Productions Signs Development Deal with Alfred Hitchcock Estate
"Welcome to Hitchcock" is a new original anthology series will focus on a single season-long mystery or crime in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy.

[09/28/16 - 02:00 PM]
"You're the Worst" Picked Up for Fourth Season on FXX
"Expertly written, brilliantly acted, 'You're the Worst' continues to be hilarious and excellent," said Eric Schrier.

[09/28/16 - 01:03 PM]
Bravo Media Serves Up a Double Dose of Sass as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Married to Medicine" Return on Sunday, November 6
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and Shereè Whitfield are all due back on the former series.

[09/28/16 - 12:36 PM]
"The Durrells in Corfu," Premieres 10/16 on "Masterpiece" on PBS
Keeley Hawes stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary 1930's England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children.

[09/28/16 - 12:10 PM]
Young-at-Heart Seniors Take Center Stage as NBC Orders "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" to Series
The comedy/variety series, from Warner Horizon Television, will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, who will also host.

[09/28/16 - 12:01 PM]
Drama Series "Westworld" Debuts Oct. 2 on HBO
Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film "Westworld," written by Michael Crichton.

[09/28/16 - 12:00 PM]
Starz App Launches on Xbox One
Its intuitive content discovery design and navigation offers ease of use and a compelling user experience, regardless of how the consumer purchased a subscription to Starz.

[09/28/16 - 10:20 AM]
OWN Delivers Its Highest-Rated, Most-Watched and Highest-Ranked Quarter in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/28/16 - 09:56 AM]
Celebrate National Coffee Day on Thursday, September 29th with Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, recently wrapped up its eighth season and received a Primetime Emmy(R) nomination this year for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

[09/28/16 - 09:31 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with "The Voice," "This Is Us"
The newcomer posts big gains from the Peacock's audience a year ago.

[09/28/16 - 09:24 AM]
Velocity's "Bitchin' Rides" Returns with Custom Car Guru Dave Kindig Creating Head Turning, Award-Winning Cars
The series returns for season three on Tuesday, October 11 with special back-to-back episodes at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/28/16 - 09:19 AM]
ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game
Entering competition on September 28, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants currently hold the first and second NL Wild Card spots, respectively.

[09/28/16 - 09:06 AM]
History(R) Honors Veterans Day with Special Marathon Event of the New Original Series, "The Warfighters"
The marathon event will be hosted by executive producer Peter Berg and veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz.

[09/28/16 - 09:04 AM]
"nugs.net Live Stash" Premieres on MTV Live This Sunday Night
The Live Stash debuts with jam-tronica giants The Disco Biscuits this Sunday, followed by Widespread Panic at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre next week.