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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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