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My Trip to Al-Qaeda

In Tribeca Film Festival 2010 on April 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm

86 min | Feature Documentary
Directed by: Alex Gibney

World Premiere – Tribeca Film Festival

Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Lawrence Wright
Director: Alex Gibney
Producer: Alexandra Johnes, Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood & Kendall McCarthy
Editor: Alison Ellwood
Executive Producer: Patricia Barnes Matthews, Dana O’Keefe

Program Notes
Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) collaborates with Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright to bring Wright’s titular one-man play to the screen. Wright made waves in 2006 with his best-selling book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, chronicling fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power, and the roots of modern religious extremism and terrorism.

In contemplating how to adapt his book for the stage, Wright ultimately chose to refocus on his own experience researching and writing the book, and his struggle to maintain objectivity as a journalist investigating Islamic terror. The resulting work is less a literal adaptation and more a personal, emotional complement piece to the objectivity of his nonfiction book. It debuted to rave reviews in March 2007. With Gibney’s documentary on the performance, the layers of adaptation are taken a step further. Channeling equal parts Spalding Gray and An Inconvenient Truth, Gibney captures both the emotional power and political implication of Wright’s work in a distinctly cinematic way, making My Trip to Al-Qaeda a riveting travelogue/performance piece.

–Cara Cusumano, from the Tribeca Film Festival website


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