[Dateline: New York | Author: EOSG]
Ashraf Al-Khaled was celebrating the happiest day of his life when an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber walked into his wedding and killed his father and 26 other members of his family. After rising from that horrific tragedy, Ashraf has been active to give voice to victims of terrorism.
The documentary film Killing in the Name follows Ashraf’s quest to speak with victims and perpetrators and expose the true cost of terrorism. From an Al-Qaeda recruiter, to a militant behind one of the world’s worst terrorist attacks, to a madrassa full of boys ready to follow, Ashraf takes us on a journey around the world to see if one man can speak truth to terror, and begin to turn the tide.
The screening of Killing in the Name at the United Nations will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber of the North Lawn Building, at 6:00 pm, on Friday, 8 October 2010.
A panel discussion will follow with Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, Mr. Al-Khaled, Executive Producer Carie Lemack, and UNDP Senior Programme Advisor Carla Khammar, who survived the attacks on the UN compound in Algiers in 2007.
Ashraf, Carie and Carla are three of the victims of terror the Secretary-General hosted in September 2008 on the occasion of the first ever United Nations Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism, a one day forum where the Secretary-General gave a platform and an opportunity to victims of terror and experts to share their stories and insights. The Symposium helped to put a real human face on the scourge of terrorism and to build international solidarity with them. The Symposium also gave birth to the Global Survivors Network, a collaboration of victims of terror attacks from six continents, representing different religions, ethnicities, ages and lives, but united by a common cause: what happened to them, and many others, should never happen again. Ashraf and Carie are co-founders of the Global Survivors Network. The documentary is part of the Network’s effort to bring light to the victims’ stories.
Killing in the Name won Best Documentary Film at the LA Shorts Fest 2010 in Los Angeles. The film is “a documentary that not only highlights the plight of terrorism’s victims but also, we hope, will help empower them and others towards greater levels of engagement in bringing an end to such crimes,” said the Secretary-General to the Security Council open debate on counter-terrorism on 27 September 2010. [ press release ]