【影片长度】： USA:86 min
奥斯卡奖得主Alex Gibney与普利策奖获得者、《纽约人》特派记者Lawrence Wright携手合作，带领观众们走进神秘的基地组织。(文：life_is_good@YDY)
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Lawrence Wright
Director: Alex Gibney
Producer: Alexandra Johnes, Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood & Kendall McCarthy
Editor: Alison Ellwood
Executive Producer: Patricia Barnes Matthews, Dana O'Keefe
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.
Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker, often asked that same question while researching his book, The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. The book alone, which won a Pulitzer Prize is informative enough and goes a long way toward providing some answers (we'll never have them all). But Wright took things a step further by turning his material into a critically-acclaimed one-man play, My Trip to al-Qaeda. And now his material shows up in yet another form of media—a movie by the same title which features snippets from Wright's stage play, interviews, documentary footage, photographs, and more.
My Trip to al-Qaeda debuts on HBO tonight, and will run on HBO and HBO2 throughout the month (and on demand into early October). It's one of the most compelling things I've seen this year, and certainly one of the most educational 90 minutes you'll get on the topic. You might not learn all the reasons they hate us, but you'll learn quite a bit about the roots of al-Qaeda, Islamic radicalism, and hostility to America.
Wright's interviews include a terrorist who killed a 12-year-old girl while trying to assassinate the Egyptian prime minister; a once-jailed Muslim who describes the torture techniques that turned Islamic intellectuals many into radicals; and a Saudi businessman who was married to Osama bin Laden's sister.
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