Last day to catch film festival

By Sara Khalil

If you haven’t been by yet, this evening is the last viewing of films at The Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival in the Core Center.

Tonight’s three films deal with the issue of diminishing water resources in America and in India.  The filming begins at 5:30 p.m.

Coordinated by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the film festival goes around the world to showcase cultural documentaries.

A number of weighty issues have been explored in this year’s festival already, including terrorism.

One film is “Promised Paradise,” produced by Leonard Helmrich. It presents Jakarta-based puppeteer Agus Nur Amal, as he explores the story behind the bombing of a Balinese nightclub in October 2002.

Among the people he visits in his search for the reasons behind the attacks is Imam Samudra, notorious for his connections to terrorism.

“Did you know that the Tsunami would strike before this happens?” Amal asks, and Imam Samudra replies, “Yes, the Qur’an tells us about all things that happened and will happen, it is all mentioned in the Qur’an.”

Samudra explains his religious convictions tell him to kill the guilty and avoid innocents, and that is what he was trying to do.

“When we wanted to bomb that nightclub we watched it for days to know when which people are there, to avoid killing innocents,” he says.

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One response to “Last day to catch film festival

  1. Danielle Gargour

    With regards to this particular quote:
    “Did you know that the Tsunami would strike before this happens?” Amal asks, and Imam Samudra replies, “Yes, the Qur’an tells us about all things that happened and will happen, it is all mentioned in the Qur’an.”

    I want to point out that in the film, Amal was interviewing a DVD recording of Imam Samudra, and NOT conducting an actual interview.

    So, I don’t know if Imam Samudra would have answered that question in the way depicted in film if ACTUALLY asked that question, as this article implies.

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