Friday, July 20, 2007

Sudanese President quashes Darfur jihad documentary

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Go ahead and watch the revealing documentary Omar al-Bashir doesn’t want you to see (Part 1 and Part 2).
Listen also to an interview with the producer himself, Nabil Kassem.
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The story comes from the Darfur Awareness blog (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
Jihad on Horseback
The Arab media has sadly done a bad job at covering the Darfur conflict seriously and thoroughly. There hasn’t been any investigative piece of journalism or a documentary from an Arab news outlet that examined the horrific situation on the ground in an extensive manner. Hence when we came across the documentary Jihad on Horseback, it was a breath of fresh air. But it still gets tricky:
Two years ago, Al Arabiya producer Nabil Kassem was asked to put together a documentary film on Darfur. What he witnessed there, and recorded in this film, were scenes of unspeakable brutality and untold suffering, scenes he thought would surely wake up an Arab public all too willing to let Darfur pass by. But ‘Jihad on Horseback’ never made it across the airwaves.
Yes, that’s right. It never made it on air and here’s why:
In this highly charged interview with Co-Editor and Publisher Lawrence Pintak, Kassem speaks of how with the help of a telephone Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir prevented the broadcast of perhaps the most provocative documentary film ever made by an Arab director.
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