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