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ENCOUNTERS

MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA

Directed by Alex Gibney
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 86 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA

Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) collaborates with Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright to bring Wright's titular one-man play to the screen. Wright made waves in 2006 with his best-selling book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, chronicling fundamentalist Islam's rise to power, and the roots of modern religious extremism and terrorism.

In contemplating how to adapt his book for the stage, Wright ultimately chose to refocus on his own experience researching and writing the book, and his struggle to maintain objectivity as a journalist investigating Islamic terror. The resulting work is less a literal adaptation and more a personal, emotional complement piece to the objectivity of his nonfiction book. It debuted to rave reviews in March 2007. With Gibney's documentary on the performance, the layers of adaptation are taken a step further. Channelling equal parts Spalding Gray and An Inconvenient Truth, Gibney captures both the emotional power and political implication of Wright's work in a distinctly cinematic way, making My Trip to Al-Qaeda a riveting travelogue/performance piece.

Documentary
About the Director(s)
Alex Gibney directed the Oscar®-winning Taxi to the Dark Side and the Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. He is currently at work on a feature doc about Lance Armstrong for SONY. His Sundance 2010 film Casino Jack and the United States of Money hits theaters May 7.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Lawrence Wright
  • Director:
    Alex Gibney
  • Producer:
    Alexandra Johnes, Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood & Kendall McCarthy
  • Executive Producer:
    Patricia Barnes Matthews, Dana O'Keefe

Contacts
  • Technical Contact
    Ali Johnes
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 352 3010
    ali.johnes@jigsawprods.com
  • Publicist
    Holly Cara Price
    Donna Daniels Public Relations, LLC
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 347 254 7054
    hcp@ddanielspr.net
  • Publicist
    Lisa Gray
    Donna Daniels Public Relations, LLC
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 347 254 7054 x105
    ddprasst@ddanielspr.net
  • Technical Contact
    Ali Johnes
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 352 3010
    ali.johnes@jigsawprods.com
  • Publicist
    Holly Cara Price
    Donna Daniels Public Relations, LLC
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 347 254 7054
    hcp@ddanielspr.net
  • Publicist
    Lisa Gray
    Donna Daniels Public Relations, LLC
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 347 254 7054 x105
    ddprasst@ddanielspr.net

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