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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Terror in Mumbai

This documentary delves deeply into the events of last November's horrific terror attacks in Mumbai. Utilizing audio from intercepted phone calls between the terrorists and their leaders as well as footage from an interrogation of the one surviving gunman, this program provides a harrowing, detailed look into the dark soul of terrorism.
September 30, 2009


In late November of last year, 10 gunmen stormed numerous targets in Mumbai, leaving 170 dead and hundreds injured in their wake. The assassins were part of a terror cell called Lashkar-e-Toiba, or the ‘Army of the Righteous,’ and their murder spree spread out across top tourist destinations such as the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, a women’s hospital and a Jewish community centre among other locations. This documentary utilizes testimony from victims, audio from intercepted phone calls between the terrorists and their leaders as well as footage from an interrogation of the one surviving gunman to provide a harrowing, detailed look into the dark soul of terrorism. It’s difficult viewing, but perhaps programs like these are the only way to somehow grasp the motivation behind the truly unthinkable.

Partners: Quicksilver Media (Oxford) for Channel 4 (a version was also cut for HBO); distributed through Electric Sky (Brighton)
Aired: June 2009
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: World excluding UK, USA and India

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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