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The Hamburg Cell

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Synopsis

"When the world talks about the men who carried out this holy operation they will be talking about the men who changed the course of history," exclaims a senior Al Qaeda member in this fictional docu-drama from director Antonia Bird. Charting the planning and execution of the World Trade Center attacks by a handful of Muslim fundamentalists led by Mohamed Atta (Kamel), The Hamburg Cell is a devastatingly powerful work that puts faces and personalities to the men who carried out the attacks against the US on the fateful morning of September 11th.
 
Based on a wide range of documentary evidence, from court transcriptions to video footage, this simmering yet understated little movie focuses on Lebanese student Ziad Jarrah (Saleh) as he's transformed from rich-boy student at the University of Applied Science in Hamburg to jihadist hijacker of United Airlines flight 93 (which crashed en route to the White House shortly after simultaneous attacks struck the Twin Towers and the Pentagon).
 
It's a difficult journey. Immersing us in the secretive, clandestine world of these fundamentalists as they indoctrinate new recruits, train at terrorist camps in Afghanistan and learn to fly at an aviation school in Florida, Bird forces a disturbing intimacy with men destined to become mass murderers.

Details

Year
2005
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
S16mm
Director
Antonia Bird
Producer
David Aukin, George Carey
Co-Producer
David Aukin, George Carey
Editor
St John O' Rourke
Screenwriter
Ronan Bennett
Director of Photography
Florian Hoffmeister
Sound
Tim Albarn
Music
Adrian Maral
Principal Cast
Karim Saleh, Agni Tsangaridou, Omar Berdouni, Adnan Marai

Production Company

Mentorn Productions
43 Whitfield Street
London W1T 4HA
UK

T+44 (0)20 7258 6800
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Sales
Company

Channel 4 International
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London SW1P 2TX
UK

T+44 (0)20 7306 8463
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