The Sunday Times
"a faultless piece of filmmaking"
The Daily Telegraph
"provides the keys to understanding Europe’s worst ever terrorist atrocity"
hier noch ein Review des Sydney Morning Herald:
The Madrid Connection
Paul Kalina, Reviewer
January 21, 2008
This is a postmortem of the 2004 Madrid train bombing attack, the worst terrorist act on European soil.
According to recent public service announcements on our television screens, even tiny pieces of information from the public can protect Australia from terrorism.
Anyone who wholeheartedly believes this to be true will find little comfort in this post-mortem of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The Madrid Connection is a tense countdown to the attack, the worst terrorist act on European soil that left 191 dead and 2000 injured, via two of the bombings' perpetrators, Sarhane ben Abdelmajid Fakhet and Jamal Zougam. Sarhane, as we discover here, was a mild-mannered and devout Muslim from Tunisia who was radicalised in the wake of the US invasion of Afghanistan; Jamal, by contrast, fled his native Morocco as a teenager and, under an assumed name, led an infamous life both inside and outside jail as a drug-trafficker, addict and pimp. With meticulous detail, this documentary traces the trajectories of the odd-couple pair, whose paths finally crossed at a mosque in Madrid. Though both were on the police and security force radars at various periods of their lives, it was only after the attacks that the terrorist cell responsible was pieced together, the links discovered via a mobile phone that was found in an unexploded bomb. Sarhane and Jamal blew themselves up just as police closed in on them in the weeks following the bombings, while 29 others were tried in 2007 on charges ranging from 191 counts of murder to lesser terror-linked crimes. With admirable restraint and objectivity, this Spanish/British/Danish coproduction is a measured and sobering look at the putative masterminds of the attacks and the terrible human cost of their acts.
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