My Trip to Al-Qaeda


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My Trip to Al-Qaeda takes a harrowing tour through the world of Islamic terrorism, as acclaimed author Lawrence Wright strains to understand the roots of hatred and violence that led to 9/11. Based on Wright’s one-man play, itself adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, the film combines elements of first-person narrative with gripping documentary footage, to provide a fascinating look at the origins of modern terror. From finding the early evolutions of al-Qaeda in Egyptian jail cell discussions to befriending Osama Bin Laden’s beloved brother-in-law, Wright takes us into a world of astonishing moral and political complexity and leaves us with a new appreciation for the difficult decisions ahead of us.


Alex Gibney

Executive Producers
Patricia Barnes Matthews
Dana O'Keefe

Alison Ellwood

Original music by
Max Richter
Alex Gibney
Lawrence Wright
Alison Ellwood
Alexandra Johnes
Kendall McCarthy

Director of Photography
Maryse Alberti

Associate Producer
Sam Black