A fictionalized account of the September 11 hijackers.

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Maral Kamel ...
Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
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Aysel (as Agni Tsangaridou)
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Ramzi bin al Shibh
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Kamel Boutros ...
Mohammed Atta (as Kamel)
Tamer Doghem ...
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Assem
Omar El-Saeidi ...
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Yasser
Mark Clifton ...
Flight Simulation Instructor
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Salim (as Navíd Akhavan)
Joel Kirby ...
FBI Agent
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Pan Am Instructor
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Ziad Jarrah, a young Lebonese man from a good family goes to Germany to attend college and starts dating a Turkish girl named Aysel. Although not very religious and accustomed to Western ways, Ziad becomes "brothers" with some fundamentalist Muslims and is slowly drawn into becoming "a Good Muslim". Mohamed Atta and others instill Ziad with a hatred of Jews and "Infidels", which leads to a desire for Jihad and martyrdom. He moves to Hamburg to study aeronautical engineering, attends an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, and deceives his girlfriend and family about his involvement. He eventually attends flight school in Florida with Atta and others, waiting for and preparing for "the big wedding" (the 9/11 attack). Meanwhile, US government and law enforcement officials fail to act despite believing that a major terrorist attack is imminent, and despite noticing a number of suspicious persons involved in flight training. Written by TimeNTide

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They show the Lincoln Memorial and the Capital and list the date as August 2001, but all the trees are bare. In August the trees would be fully leafed and green. See more »

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Ziad Jarrah: [On a cell phone] I'm at the departure lounge.
Marwan Shehhi: Me too.
Ziad Jarrah: Our time has come at last...
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Performed by Bill Anschell Jazz Unit
Written by Bill Anschell
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Eerie, fact based terrorism account dryly parlayed
11 November 2006 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

Controversial docudrama explores the murky relationships and preparations all of the hijacker's underwent leading up to September 11th, as well as the numerous times they were being watched by US intelligence before that date. Centering around the most conflicted and perhaps westernized of the bunch, Ziad Jarrah, the movie makes good use out of Jarrah's moral dilemmas, his marriage to his wife, and his families pressuring to return back to civilized society, but in turn takes much of the focus away from articulating the heart of the enemy. Karim Salah in the role unfortunately comes of as a slightly tanner version of a Jason Scwartzman which proves distracting from the otherwise Muslim perspectives. While Jarrah may provide interesting counterpoints to his fanatical and less educated brothers-in-arms, the movie needed some better casting to truly punctuate these characters. Instead, The Hamburg Cell deals with the specific, factually based training that led to the suicide attacks while peering into the mentalities these bold pawns relegated themselves to by accepting this task whole heartedly, with mixed results. The acting and direction may lack the spark that is needed to truly ignite this film past an interesting docudrama, but the information and perspectives stay nonetheless fascinating and offer plenty of counter patriotism for thought in yet another attempt to bridge this gap of hatred the massive rift between our two cultures have formed by showing the inherent struggles we all go through to fight for what we believe is right.


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