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The Hamburg Cell
The Hamburg Cell
Actors: Karim Saleh, Maral Kamel, Agni Scott, Omar Berdouni, Adnan Maral
Director: Antonia Bird
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Military & War
NR     2006     1hr 46min

"If there is a more important, more urgent story to be told than this, I can?t think of it." ?The Guardian (U.K.) In this daring dramatization of events leading up to 9/11, director Antonia Bird (Face, Priest) casts her bo...  more »

     
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Actors: Karim Saleh, Maral Kamel, Agni Scott, Omar Berdouni, Adnan Maral
Director: Antonia Bird
Creators: Charles Salmon, Darren Bender, David Aukin, Finola Dwyer, George Carey, Alice Perman, Ronan Bennett
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Military & War
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Original Release Date: 01/10/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/10/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Arabic, English, German

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Movie Reviews

9/11 in the making
P.K. Ryan | Albany, NY USA | 10/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'The Hamburg Cell' is an excellent film that follows the 9/11 hijackers in the years leading up to the attacks. The film is simple, yet extremely compelling. The acting is superb, and the characters are portrayed not as frothing at the mouth lunatics, but as the rather ordinary-albeit demented-young men that they were. The film succeeds in showing how one can go from a shy, secular, college student, to an angry, brainwashed, religious zealot. From the several books that I have read on the subject, the film seems to be very accurate. Conspiracy theories notwithstanding, this is the true story of the 9/11 hijackers and how they came to be the most infamous men of our generation. I highly recommend this film."
Haunting
Terecita | 10/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tries to show how the hijackers came to do what they did, but it's still hard to get your head around. Makes you sad and angry at the same time. In spite of the sensitive subject matter, it's a beautifully made movie. Definitely worth seeing."
They were just like us...
Kevin Nelson | Eureka, CA | 12/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"People often view the 9/11 hijackers as Islamic terrorists... and they are right. But what they most often don't do is think realistically about what terrorists are and what they must do, to protect their evil plans... be real people.


Those terrorists were not any more fanatical about what they believe, than many of the football fans I have seen about football or other sports. Business people can sometimes be equally fanatical, sacrificing everything in their quest to get ahead of others. Many marriages have been ruined, many families destroyed, many communities and even nations have been damaged because of how extreme those "normal" people are.


But the documentary also points out clearly one other fact: True believers of Islam, as depicted in the movie, and as practiced by al-Qaida, believe that real life can come only after death, only if that death removes sinners from the earth.


This movie is a must-see and a must-have, for anybody wanting to know about the facts of 9/11 and who want to share with others that information.


One other thing, I want to personally add about the subject: Islamic fundamentalists take a literal reading of the whole Quran as their truth. Only liberal Muslims who question the authority of the Quran can live that "religion of peace," so often passed off as correct Islam. Therefore, Islamic fundamentalists will all believe that Israel is to be destroyed and that all infidels must be either converted to Islam or also destroyed. Those teachings come from a very literal interpretation of the Quran.


The Christian fundamentalist, on the other hand, while he also interprets his scriptures literally (the Bible), follows a very different perspective concerning non-believers. He is to "turn the other cheek", "pray for those who persecute you", and live by example the life of being submitted to God.
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A powerful and sophisticated insight into 9/11 bombers' mind
Chris Hopton | Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This docu-drama is a meticulously researched account of the recruitment and radicalization of the 9/11 bombers. It represents well the ambivalence some of them felt; it articulates eloquently the sense of alienation that many modern Muslims feel about the West and the double-standards that characterise US foreign policy in the Middle East; it presents fairly the debate within Islam about suicide vs. martyrdom.

It is unparalleled amongst programmes I have seen in explaining so coherently how these particular individuals came to justify to themselves the attacks that took place on September 11. A sobering and compelling account."