One of Ashoka’s ChangemakeHERS honorees, Carie Lemack
, reached new heights again this week when her Oscar-nominated film, Killing In The Name
, premiered on HBO
. The film, a production of the Global Survivors Network (GSN)
, tackles the taboo subject of terrorism through the journey of Ashraf, a victim of the 2005 bombing of a wedding celebration in Jordan — his
Just as Al Qaeda distributes videos, there should be a response from those affected most directly by tragedy.
To honor the television premier of the film, GSN hosted a screening in Washington D.C., where supporters gathered to watch the movie and speak with Lemack about production.
When asked why she decided to make the film, she described a vision that sounds almost like a communications strategy: Al Qaeda distributes videos, so there should be a response from those affected most directly by tragedy.
Her dream is to see airtime given to survivors and victims to respond whenever a terrorist video is shown on the news. She highlighted the role of media in ensuring that survivors and victims are given just as much airtime as the terrorists, and left the audience with this thought:
“Many of you know the name of a terrorist. How many of you know the name of a survivor?”
Killing In The Name is now available On Demand.