Documentary on Slain ‘WSJ’ Reporter Daniel Pearl to Debut on HBO

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By: E&P Staff

HBO?s documentary of the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl?s kidnapping and execution debuts Tuesday night, on what would have been his 43rd birthday, reports The New York Sun.

?The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl,? is a recount of the events of and people involved with Pearl?s death in Pakistan in 2002. It focuses on the history and relationship between Pearl and the mastermind of his abduction, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Narrated by CNN Correspondent Chrstiane Amanpour, the film includes footage from directors and producers Ahmed A. Jamal and Ramesh Sharma, dramatic reenactments, as well as home videos of Pearl. It begins with events well before September 11 that led Pearl to a career in journalism and eventually to Southeast Asia.

The film explores some of Pearl?s fascination with the Muslim world and his personal goals to increase religious and cultural understanding. It also examines the life of Sheikh — at one point the third highest member of Al Qaeda, currently in American custody — and his turn to radical militant Islam, said the Sun.

According to the Sun, two feature films are currently in production also chronicling Daniel Pearl?s story.

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