Jamal and Roy nominated for top award

Jamal  and Roy nominated for top award

Filmmaker, Ahmed Jamal and journalist, Amit Roy have been nominated for the prestigious 28TH ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY awards for their latest documentary, THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL in the following two categories:

The announcements were made in New York by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the awards will be presented at a black tie ceremony to be held on Monday, September 24 which will be attended by more than 1000 television and new media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.

THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL is a 79 minute documentary screened on HBO which tracks the comparable lives of the passionate journalist and British-born jihadi Omar Sheikh, a shrewd terrorist who set Pearl up for slaughter. Through archival footage, interviews with Pearl’s wife, Marianne and his family and friends and insights from acquaintances of both men, the film follows the parallel course of their lives: from their early years in California and London, to the defining event that led to radically divergent career paths and their final, fatal encounter in Pakistan in 2002 that ended in Pearl’s horrific murder.

Jamal and Roy had wanted to make a film about why Omar Sheikh, an educated Briton, had become a jihadi, and his tactic of kidnapping westerners, first in 1994, and again in 1999, when he was freed in exchange of lives of hostages following the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC814. Meanwhile, in Delhi in 2002, independent producer, Ramesh Sharma, was also interested in the same subject and the two parties decided to work together.

THE JOURNALIST AND THE JIHADI: THE MURDER OF DANIEL PEARL, had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, in April 2006 and was shown on HBO Channel on 10 October 06.

This is the second collaboration between Jamal and Roy, who earlier worked together on Dead Man Talking, a factual documentary made for Channel 4 following a murder investigation by Hampshire police conducted over three years. The documentary was “pick of the week” in all the national papers & Short listed for BBC Asia Awards, “Achievement in Media” November 1999.

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