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Movies Contain the
Essence of Being Human
On January 23, 2002,
Mariane Pearl’s world
changed forever. Her
husband Daniel, the South
Asia Bureau chief for the
Wall Street Journal, was
researching a story on shoe
bomber Richard Reid. The
story drew them to Karachi
where a go-between had
promised access to an
elusive source. As Danny left
for the meeting, he told
Mariane he might be late for
dinner. He never returned.
The Cinematic Arts Have the
Power to Transform
ANGELINA JOLIE (Mariane Pearl)
DAN FUTTERMAN (Danny Pearl)
ARCHIE PANJABI (Asra Nomani)
IRRFAN KHAN (Captain)
WILL PATTON (Randall Bennett)
DENIS O’HARE (John Bussey)
ADNAN SIDDIQUI (Dost Aliani)
GARY WILMES (Steve LeVine)
Our Artists Are
MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM (DIRECTOR)
JOHN ORLOFF (Screenwriter)
BRAD PITT (Producer)
DEDE GARDNER (Producer)
ANDREW EATON (Producer)
MARCEL ZYSKIND (Director of Photography)
MARK DIGBY (Production Designer)
PETER CHRISTELIS (Editor)
CHARLOTTE WALTER (Costume Designer)
In just a dozen years, Michael
Winterbottom has shown
himself to be one of the most
focused and unflinching
filmmakers working today,
traveling the world to make 14
incredibly diverse films. In
2006, audiences saw two
strikingly different movies from
the director, THE ROAD TO
GUANTANAMO and TRISTRAM
SHANDY: A COCK & BULL
As an actor Futterman has
appeared in numerous New York
stage productions, including
“Angels in America,” “The
Lights,” “A Fair County” and
“Dealer’s Choice.” His film roles
have included the part of Robin
Williams' son "Val" in THE
BIRDCAGE, "Joe" in ENOUGH
and "Charlie" in URBANIA, for
which he received Best Actor at
the Seattle Film Festival. Dan
appeared as a regular on the
series JUDGING AMY and has
played a recurring character on
WILL AND GRACE and RELATED.
Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,
and even think. Can there be any better gifts?
Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,
Not Just Entertainers
Jolie starred opposite Brad Pitt in the
action-comedy-romance MR. AND MRS.
SMITH for director Doug Liman in 2005.
The previous year, she starred in Oliver
Stone's epic ALEXANDER with Colin
Farrell, Val Kilmer, and Anthony
Hopkins, as well as the action/adventure
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF
TOMORROW with Jude Law and
Gwyneth Paltrow. She also lent her
voice to the animated feature SHARK
TALE, along with Will Smith, Robert
DeNiro and Jack Black, and starred in
the thriller, TAKING LIVES, with Ethan
TRIVIA AND NEWS
Movie Making is the Convergence
of Many Talents and Art Forms
Based on the memoir "A Mighty
Heart: The Brave Life & Death
of My Husband Danny Pearl" by
Brad Pitt became inspired to
capture Pearl's memoir on
screen when he saw her
interview on CNN while the
search for her husband was
Initially, the film was financed
by Warner Brothers. After it
backed out, Paramount Vantage
The night Danny disappeared, Mariane kept vigil with Asra
Nomani, an old friend and colleague of Danny’s at the WSJ, living
in Karachi. Both women were seasoned international journalists
with formidable investigative skills, but they were also foreign
women in a country that had become increasingly volatile since
All Kids are Born Artistic
What is Natural is Essential
By dawn, they knew they were facing a crisis that required strong
allies fully briefed on Pakistan’s proliferating terrorist cells, its
byzantine bureaucracy and its notorious Inter-Services-
Intelligence agency (I.S.I.).
Stories Embody the
Essence of Being Human
Dozens of local investigators swarmed the house that morning,
including a man called Captain, the then head of Pakistan’s brand
new counter-terrorism unit. With Asra’s house as headquarters,
Captain’s men, along with an American diplomatic security agent,
two Journal colleagues and the FBI, dedicated themselves to the
Cinematic Story Telling is a
Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.
After five harrowing
frenzy, they found the
them was the known
militant Omar Saeed
Sheikh, aka “Bashir,”
the go-between who
had offered Danny
information relating to
the shoe bomber story.
Then came the
devastating news that
Danny had been
Film making is a
Mariane and Danny
believed that by bearing
witness to events and
allowing all voices to be
journalism could bridge
communities in conflict.
Mariane has remained
devoted to this
principle, refusing to
succumb to hate or fear.
After Danny’s death,
she went home to her
native France to await
Adam’s birth. She and
Adam now live in Paris,
4 1/2 Stars
Facts, figures and beating
Free Artistic Expression is
a Mark of a Free Society
A film of such high
seriousness, it's reason
enough to rejoice.
Film Journal International
A MIGHTY HEART
Art is the Language
Her husband was kidnapped and brutally
murdered. In spite of these horrific tragedies,
Mariane has remained devoted to her
principle, refusing to succumb to hate or fear.
In a time when hating others is fashionable
and fearing your enemy is common place, this
true story becomes incredibly important.
Refusing to succumb to hate or fear is
revolutionary. Since, evil operates on fear and
hate the only antidote is to live above hate
and never allowing fear to control our lives.
It is the only answer to the divided world in
which we live. “Love your enemy” is even
more revolutionary today as when Jesus first
said it. It is A Mighty Heart that changes
A MIGHTY HEART must
“He who is not everyday conquering
some fear has not learned the secret
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There are four ways you can handle
fear. You can go over it, under it, or
around it. But if you are ever to put
fear behind you, you must walk
straight through it. Once you put
fear behind you, leave it there.”
--Donna A. Favors
“You block your dream when you
allow your fear to grow bigger than
--Mary Manin Morrissey
Society is only as free as its arts.
Art is the voice of human freedom.
A MIGHTY HEART must
Art is a
Character isn't inherited. One builds it
daily by the way one thinks and acts,
thought by thought, action by action. If
one lets fear or hate or anger take
possession of the mind, they become
“If you hate a person, you hate
something in him that is part of yourself.
What isn't part of ourselves doesn't
disturb us” --Hermann Hesse
“We have enough religion to make us
hate, but not enough to make us love
one another.” --Jonathan Swift
WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT
To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict
the very Nature of the Creator
"The meaning of life is the most urgent of
questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).
In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly
Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect
on five of life’s most important questions:
1) What is reality and how can I know it?
2) How can I find my true identity?
3) What the significance of my interactions with
4) What’s the point of my life?
5) How ought I to live my life?
The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can
and must play an essential role helping us explore
the meaning of our existence and our life together.
No other quest is more necessary or important.
Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal
meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.
Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.
Visual Hollywood takes
an existential approach
to life. We celebrate
with human freedom.
We use movies and the
arts as a means of
human condition and
our collective relation
to the world around us.
Our basic quest is:
1. To know what it
means to be human in
2. The pursuit of human
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