Oscar Nominee Jed Rothstein on 'Killing In the Name'

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All this week on the Takeaway, we’re talking with people who are nominated for Oscars, and who’ve worked behind the scenes on Oscar-nominated films. Jed Rothstein is the director of “Killing in the Name,” which is nominated for best documentary short. “Killing in the Name” centers on Ashraf Al-Khaled, whose 2005 wedding was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing three out of four of his and his wife’s parents, and a total of 27 of their guests. 

The film follows Ashraf’s mission to stop jihadists who advocate for terrorism. Along the way, he and the audience meet a diverse cast of characters, including a recruiter of suicide bombers, children being trained to become future terrorists, and widows who’ve lost their husbands to suicide bombers.

Watch a preview for the short film (warning: some graphic images) below:



Jed Rothstein

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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