‘Young Messiah’ director: How I came to make a Bible movie

_MG_8328If you’re like me, you cringe when you hear that Hollywood is making a Bible movie. What could possibly go wrong? As we all know by now, plenty.

So you can imagine the challenge I faced when I was first approached about adapting an Anne Rice novel into a movie about what Jesus’ life might have been like during the years in which the Bible is silent.

I was scared about the prospect but also fascinated-you see even though I was born and raised in the Midwest (go Badgers!)

I didn’t come to my own faith in Jesus Christ the conventional suburban Christian American way. I was born of Muslim parents who fled Iran and brought me up in a secular home, but I gravitated toward Christianity beginning with my marriage to Betsy who is also my screenwriting partner.

My faith grew deeper in recent years which made it seem only natural — and perhaps preordained — that this project would fall in my lap. The instinct to run with it was strong and immediate. I had to get this film made. I had to tell this story. For it was a clear expression of my story and my gravitation to Jesus.

But how to tell a story faithfully about a period we know almost nothing about? That question haunted me. I talked it over with Anne, friends, my wife and of course God himself. How could I honor Him through this work?

What I learned from getting to know Anne Rice was that she too sought to honor, not besmirch God through her novel. Although her Catholic faith was different than mine, we shared a common belief that the man from Nazareth was more than just a man and that with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we might try to imagine what Jesus’ life was like in the years between his birth and public ministry.

In the rich history of Jesus movies we’ve never seen Jesus’ life as a boy. There are great challenges involved because we know very little about his childhood. We know of his birth, the three Kings visiting the child with gifts, and we know at age 12 that young Jesus visited the Temple in Jerusalem and schooled the rabbis to their amazement.

I seek to present a realistic fictional portrait of Jesus inspired by Scripture and rooted in history. We imagine one year in the boyhood of Jesus. Most important to us was that we present a child who is consistent with the character of Jesus as revealed in the Bible.

Our story takes place when Jesus is seven years old. With the Holy Land in turmoil, young Jesus and his family leave Egypt (where they fled after the slaughter in Bethlehem seven years earlier) for the treacherous road home to Nazareth.

Like parents today, Joseph and Mary are fully aware of the dangers of their world: a corrupt King Herod, civil unrest, and brutal occupying Roman force. What was it like for Mary and Joseph to parent a child unlike any child before? How could they protect and guide him?

In terms of young Jesus the challenge of making this film was to present him as both fully divine and fully human. What did he know about himself and when did he know it?

Anne Rice’s dazzling novel addresses this fundamental question through the voice of young Jesus, his thoughts, his interactions, as he relates the journey back to the Holy Land.

He can state and reflect as he goes along.In a movie we have to show it and dramatize it in order for it to have any impact. Thus, the challenge of adapting any novel forces the filmmaker to make choices, to streamline, to focus. Through the voice of the main character Anne is able to relate the fears, the trepidations, the unknowns. In a film we have to make this tangible by creating characters who represent these. Hence the addition of young King Herod and the Roman centurion, Severus, played beautifully by actor Sean Bean.

But the biggest challenge is a theological one. We wanted to portray young Jesus acting in a way consistent with his adult ministry. Therefore we show a child who reacts to situations similar to how the Bible tells us about how Jesus reacted to like situations as an adult.

Luke 2:52 was a great guidepost for us: “He grew in wisdom, and in favor with God and man.” Attempting to summon the voice, the presence, and the words of Jesus brings with it inherent risks. We’ve tried to do so with reverence and respect.

While millions of Americans flocked to see Mel Gibson’s amazing work “The Passion of The Christ,” few remember that the movie wasn’t actually based upon the Bible, but rather upon a book by a German nun named Anne Catherine Emmerich who saw vivid visions of the death of Jesus and transcribed them.

In “The Passion,” Mel Gibson decided to give Satan a creepy baby, and was extensively questioned by some religious leaders about this extra-Biblical choice. I loved his response, when he said he did it because he knew that Satan likes to copy God so he figured he’d give Satan a son since God had Jesus.

That’s what artists often do–we fill in the lines and add color and context-and film is a great canvas, trying to imagine moments that we can’t know, yet doing our best to ensure they are consistent with the character and nature of our subjects.

The faith tradition of my ancestors doesn’t allow for the image of God to be captured in any form of art. My faith has a rich history of such depictions from the great masters who imagined what our Savior might have looked like and sought to honor him with their talents, asking Him to guide their brush strokes.

I may not be a great master, but in my own way I hope I’ve accomplished the same goal and it is my hope that those who already worship Jesus of Nazareth will grow to love him more and that those who haven’t thought much about him will be inspired by this story of a great man that all religions and cultures revere.

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Faith Leaders UNITE To Praise “The Young Messiah”

The following reviews from faith leaders can be also be found here.

“Succeeds beautifully in imagining the mystery.” – Steve McEveety, CEO, Mpower Pictures, Producer of “The Passion of the Christ”

The Young Messiah is incredibly entertaining but just as much, it is spiritually inspiring and stimulating as we contemplate what the early years of Jesus’ life entailed. You MUST see it.” – Dr. Johnny Hunt, former head of Southern Baptist Convention, and Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Woodstock

“I absolutely loved it. It is so fresh, unique, biblical, historical, captivating and engaging. My 10-year-old was riveted. My 13-year-old had her eyes opened. It was so impacting. Beautifully shot. I cannot wait for it to hit the theaters in March. You will want to take your friends – the conversations will be incredible!” – Christine Caine, President, A21

“It’s a remarkable movie that is tightly paced, excellently scripted and well-filmed.” – Bob Waliszewski, Focus on the Family

“I just loved The Young Messiah. We work with over 2 million kids and I’d love to see the students we work with have an opportunity to see this film.” – Denny Rydberg, President, Young Life

“It was beautiful in every way.” – Tami Heim, President, Christian Leadership Alliance

“…It is a powerful movie, and it sets the stage for understanding who Jesus is and what He does for our salvation.” – Doug Beacham, Presiding Bishop, International Pentecostal Holiness Church

“I was very moved by The Young Messiah and found it to be one of the best biblically-inspired films I have ever seen.” – Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association

“Moving, inspiring, and hope-filled. For everyone who believes that Love wins. A MUST SEE!” – Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

“Inspiring, entertaining, informative, and affirming. Amazing!” – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

“The setting, music, acting, and storyline all came together in a powerful and poetic manner.” -Dr. John Stumbo, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance

“It ignites your imagination of what it might have been like to know Jesus as a child. It makes his coming to earth seem so plausible and realistic!” – Ron Luce, President, Teen Mania Ministries

“The tears around me in the theater spoke clearly. This is the ultimate example of childlike faith, and it will also help kids seek goodness and kindness.” – Anthony Begonia, Salvation Army

“I truly believe it will inspire rich conversations, deep questions, and point many people to the Bible – maybe for the first time!” – Karen Covell, Hollywood Prayer Network

“Thank you for a beautiful and well told story that gives a great introduction to the the message of the Gospel of Jesus and the whole New Testament. Thank you.” – Denny Bellesi, Pastor, Coast Hills Community Church

“Eye-opening.” – David West, Youth Pastor, New Season Church

“Beautifully shot and the acting was well done.” – Jeff Redmond, Recovery Pastor, Bayside Church

“his movie is a tender portrayal of a childhood Jesus that shows great respect for historical accuracy as well as theological concerns.” – Gary Brandenbur, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church Dallas

“I highly recommend this film to those who believe, to skeptics, to those who have an open heart for what could be.” – Eric Bryant, Pastor, Gateway Church

“Very well done. Interesting take on events we can only speculate about.” – Mark White, Pastor, Park View Bible Baptist Church

The Young Messiah navigates the question of ‘what did Jesus know and when did he know it’ in interesting fashion.” – Chris Spearman, Associate Pastor, Westwood United Methodist Church

“It invites us to imagine Jesus’ own journey of self-discovery …sure to provoke conversations among Christians and non-Christians alike.” – Tony Jones, author of Did God Kill Jesus?

“The highlight for me was the intimate talk between Jesus and Mary at the end of the film…” – Dr. Walt Winters, Former Director of International Ministries – Lutheran Hour Ministries

“Positive – Beautifully shot, the actors and actresses were terrific – loved the child who played Jesus.” – Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor – The Church of the Resurrection

“I want every pastor, priest, Christian leader, follower of Jesus and even those who are not believers to see The Young Messiah. You will be taken into an atmosphere where you are captivated at how Jesus must have dealt with being fully human and fully God.” – Pastor Jay Dennis, Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL

“A poem, a work of art, a symphony, a beautiful sunset – authentic truth in story form.” – Marty Caldwell, EVP, Young Life

“I would recommend this film.” – Kirk Blank, The Munce Group

“An emotionally soul capturing movie.” – Andre Soto, Pastor, Woodcliff Baptist Church


“The Young Messiah is an imaginative and outstanding movie. It vividly portrays the early life of Jesus as a special boy who was much more than a carpenter’s son. The entire cast does a remarkable job, especially Adam Greaves-Neal as young Jesus. We are pleased to award the film our ‘Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus.” – Dove.org

“An epic, exhilarating journey.” – Avi Offer, NYCMovieguru.com

“This is a fantastic movie that engages the imagination in historical fiction, allowing us to see what it might have been like for Jesus as a child.” – Jess Stainbrook, Founder,1615.tv

“Captivating, inspiring and deeply moving.” – Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston

“A portrait true to biblical faith but without sentimentality….an exceptional movie, engaging from start to finish; a film worth seeing and owning and seeing again.” – Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

“This presentation of The Young Messiah perhaps opens a door into people’s hearts that otherwise would have been shut because either of their fear of God, anger with God or indifference to God.” – Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami

“An enthusiastic endorsement…will strengthen the faith of all who see it.” – Bishop Daniel Jenky, Diocese of Peoria

“Seeing what it might have been like for Jesus as a child certainly opened a window where Scriptures are silent.  In The Young Messiah, the family dynamics make a compelling story as Jesus begins to grow into his destiny as Savior of the world.” – Sheila Hopkins, President, National Council of Catholic Women

“A wonderfully crafted and inspiring film for the entire family to enjoy and, perhaps, even be transformed by!” – Michael Theisen, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Director of Ministry Formation

“Beautiful film with a compelling story.” – Rev. David Guffey, Family Theater Productions

“Engaging, tender…fall in love with Jesus Christ all over again.” – Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com Founder and Editor

“Keeps the story very consistent with what the Scriptures tell us.” – Sister Rose Pacatte (Sister Rose at the Movies)

“A powerful testament to a lived faith.” – Rev. Steve Sallot, Vicar General, Diocese of Orange

“Very inspirational for families; can provide a wonderful discussion for parents and their children not only about Jesus, but what does it mean for all of us to grow up in faith filled families.” – Rev. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D, Loyola Institute

“A unique view into the Holy Family and a young Jesus.” – Randy Raus, President/CEO, Life Teen Inc.

“Beautiful, haunting, thought provoking, and deeply, deeply reverent.” Jenny Uebbing, Catholic News Agency/Mama Needs Coffee

“I think it will be great for my imagination for many weeks and many months to come…the way that faith is challenged in very complex situations but at times there is a clarity that shines through and a simplicity of the faith that is just- inspiring and leaves you with a sense that God enters into this violent world and brings something very different.” – Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix

“Beautiful. Very human. A wonderful presentation on the child Jesus” Sr. Joan Paula Arruda, Daughters of Saint Paul, superior

“A beautiful depiction of Jesus as a child. Something we have never seen before!” -*Heather Flynn, LIFT MINISTRIES, Director

“Great exploration of the humanity of Jesus the Son of God in the context of family life and the hidden moments of his childhood.” -Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, Boston Pilot Columnist and Pauline Books and Media, author and editor

THE YOUNG MESSIAH review from Sr. Helena Burns

YoungMessiahThe Young Messiah is the best Jesus movie ever. Based on Anne Rice’s historical novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, it combines the latest and best in filmmaking, the dramatic arts, mature biblical scholarship, theology and imagination. It is biblically and theologically sound (always a tricky task when speaking about Jesus, but even more so the Child Jesus and his “human knowledge”–what did he/didn’t he allow himself to know in his humanity?) There has been some talk that “apocryphal writings” inspired some scenes. “Apocryphal” does not mean “Gnostic.” The apocryphal Proto-Evangelium of James was used by early Christians as devotional reading. But it’s not the Word of God.


The Young Messiah shows lots of homework was done. No trendy twenty-first-century ideas plopped in. No outlandish “what if” musings (beyond Jesus bringing a bird back to life). The dialogue is so carefully crafted that every word effortlessly rings true in these fully fleshed-out and delightful characters. The text of the Scriptures is faithfully adhered to (without really taking liberties) and then sundry plot points–that totally work–are skillfully woven in to bring life to the text. Every scene is to support the text, not draw away from it. All exposition is invisible and clever. The British-accented cast slays it.

This story of one year in the life of the Child Jesus begins with Jesus in Egypt being bullied by another boy from the Jewish community, and escalates into some gripping action which it maintains to one degree or another throughout the film. Never boring. Never trite. There are no hackneyed turns of phrases. The theology is precise. This film has everything in it but the sensational.

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Cannes: Cyrus Nowrasteh To Helm Film On Soviet Dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Primeridian Entertainment has hired Cyrus Nowrasteh to write and direct a film on Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Producing will be Primeridian’s Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair, who’ll provide equity financing for their first feature under the banner. They’ve optioned D.M. Thomas’ Orwell Prize-winning biography Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century In His Life. Nowrasteh, who last helmed The Stoning Of Soriah M and whose TV work includes The Day Reagan Was Shot and the controversial Path to 9/11, will write the script with wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. They just adapted Anne Rice’s Christ The Lord.

“It’s a privilege to tell the courageous story of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,” said the director. “Millions suffered and died in the Soviet labor camps. As a survivor, he resolved to tell the world about it. The power of his pen, despite the suppression of his work and every effort to silence his voice, helped bring about the downfall of one of the greatest tyrannies mankind has ever known.”

Said Primeridian’s Golubovich: “As a Russian nonconformist and activist as well as a towering literary figure, Solzhenitsyn’s life makes for a compelling feature film, and we are thrilled to be bringing Cyrus’ talent on board to weave this fascinating story.”

Solzhenitsyn was a Red Army officer who, after being accused of anti-Soviet propaganda, was imprisoned by Stalin in the gulag system in February 1945. The period later became the basis for his three-volume The Gulag Archipelago, a chronicle of his ordeal as captive in the Soviet forced labor camp system, unacknowledged during the Stalinist era. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, was expelled from the former Soviet Union in 1974, and lived in exile in Vermont until he was able to return to Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the mid-1990s. Solzhenitsyn died in 2008. Nowrasteh is repped by CAA.

(This article originally appeared here at Deadline: Hollywood, 5/17/13)

The Path to 9/11 Vindicated: CIA Chief Confirms Clinton Refused to Get Bin Laden

Few memes about Obama are as comical or aggravating as his “gutsy decision” to take out bin Laden. For one thing, military and intelligence insiders are strongly
that he didn’t even make that call. And after all, what President wouldn’t green-light that no-brainer? Jimmy Carter, maybe. But now it has been confirmed that Bill Clinton passed on at least one clear opportunity to give a CIA team that go-ahead – letting the terrorist leader live to mastermind the 9/11 attacks. The incident very closely resembled a dramatized version in the controversial 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11, a scene which Clinton and his people previously attacked as an outrageous fabrication.

This past Sunday night, CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast a startling segment featuring
former CIA officer Hank Crumpton, Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism
Center, chief of its Bin Laden unit in the late 90s, and one of the first to enter into Afghanistan after 9/11. Interviewer Lara Logan perceptively zeroed in on Crumpton’s participation in operations to capture and/or kill Osama bin Laden well before the 9/11 attacks, and what Crumpton calls “the lack of response on the part of the administration.”

Crumpton, whom Logan calls “one of the most seasoned and accomplished CIA officers of his generation,” described his team’s sighting of bin Laden:

Crumpton: Our human sources took us to a village uh, far, not far from Kandahar.

Logan: And what did you see there?

Crumpton: We saw a security detail, a convoy, and we saw bin Laden exit the vehicle.

Logan: Clearly.

Crumpton: Clearly. And we had – the optics were spot on, beaming back to us, CIA headquarters. We immediately alerted the White House, and the Clinton administration’s response was, “Well, it will take several hours for the TLAMs, the cruise missiles launched from submarines, to reach that objective. So you need to tell us where bin Laden will be five or six hours from now.” (Pause) The frustration was enormous.

Logan: So at that moment you wanted to kill him.

Crumpton: Yes.

Logan: But you couldn’t get permission.

Crumpton: Correct.

Logan then narrates that Crumpton “couldn’t get permission to do anything, including allowing the CIA’s Afghan agents on the ground to attack bin Laden’s compound.”

The Path to 9/11 was an ABC miniseries written and produced by Cyrus Nowrasteh [full disclosure: Nowrasteh is my friend and I worked on the project as well] which aired on two September nights in 2006. It dramatized the historical thread connecting the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Islamic attacks on American interests throughout the ‘90s, and the terrorism of that fateful morning in 2001.

Prior to its premiere, an accusation of “conservative bias” on the part of the filmmakers quickly spun into leftist hysteria that the $30+ million miniseries was – laughably – a “well-honed propaganda operation” on the part of a stealth cabal of conservatives. (Check out John Ziegler’s riveting documentary Blocking the Path to 9/11 for the whole outrageous story.)

The miniseries featured a scene vetted, as all the scenes were, by a battery of ABC lawyers, in which a CIA team and its Afghan allies had bin Laden in its sights, called the White House for approval to make the hit, and were denied the go-ahead. This scene drove Clinton to near-apoplexy in an infamous interview with Chris Wallace. Another CIA bin Laden chief, Michael Scheuer, stated that the Clinton administration missed out on as many as ten opportunities to nail bin Laden.

Clinton and his supporters, fearing the miniseries would tarnish his political legacy, claimed it was full of such lies and pulled out all the stops to suppress the show. It nearly didn’t air at all – Disney was pressured to pull it or censor it by the Senate Democratic leadership, led by Harry Reid; three minutes ended up being cut from the broadcast. Despite a #1 rating on its first night and 28 million viewers, Disney CEO Robert Iger refuses to re-air this most accurate dramatization of the 9/11 saga, release a DVD, or even sell the rights to another company. He has explained without elaboration that it’s a “business decision.”

Business decision? Or is the show simply an embarrassment to Bill Clinton and a potential threat to the political future of Mrs. Clinton? Iger is a friend and supporter of the Clintons, and Nowrasteh himself was told privately by an ABC
executive at the time of the controversy that “If Hillary weren’t running for
President, this wouldn’t be a problem.”

The Path to 9/11 may continue to be suppressed, but thanks to Hank Crumpton, its truth no longer can be.

(This article originally appeared here on Big Hollywood, 5/18/12)

BH Interview: Director Cyrus Nowrasteh

Director Cyrus Nowrasteh, Anne Rice Join Forces to Bring ‘Christ the Lord’ to the Big Screen

Sometimes it helps to get a rave review from the right person.
Novelist Anne Rice loved the haunting 2010 film “The Stoning of Soraya M.” and asked her agent to see if he had seen the movie and, better yet, knew the filmmaker behind it – “the Path to 9/11” director Cyrus Nowrasteh.

Turns out her agent also represented Nowrasteh, and a connection was made. Nowrasteh told the agent he’d love to work with Rice some day, and soon the director had a copy of Rice’s 2005 book “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” in hand.
A few conversations later, and both sides decided to bring “Christ the Lord,” the diligently researched account of Jesus’ childhood, to the big screen.
What happened next is like the fast-forward version of modern movie making.
“The issue then became, ‘how can we set this up as a movie? Where can we take this?” he asks. “I had had worked with 1492 Pictures before. They looked at it and responded enthusiastically.”
Tensions can often flare between authors and filmmakers, but Nowrasteh reports a fluid give-and-take between his creative team, which includes his co-screenwriter and wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. and Rice.
“Once we had a draft that everyone was excited about, we kicked it back to her. We wanted her detailed input and participation,” he says. “We felt a responsibility to her. We didn’t want to go out with the script until she put her stamp on it.”
It certainly helped that Rice is no stranger to films inspired by her texts.
“Anne understands the challenges inherent to adapting a novel to the screen,” he says, referring to Rice-inspired productions like “Interview with a Vampire” and “Queen of the Damned.”
“Christ the Lord,” is currently in pre-production, is what Nowrasteh calls a “work of informed fiction.”
“There’s a great chapter at the end of the book where she talks about her sources, what she worked from,” he says, including the New Testamanet, the Apocrypha and early legends pertaining to the life of Christ. “It’s not as if she sat down and made a story. She really did her research.”
This won’t be the first time Nowrasteh dealt with a religiously infused film. “Stoning” dealt with a cruel interpretation of faith in which an Iranian woman is condemned to death for defying the will of her husband.
“It was a small miracle that that movie got made,” the director recalls. “It was a territory where no one has gone before … something as barbaric and terrifying as stoning.”
The film earned its fair share of raves, but one critical reaction still wrankles Nowrasteh. The New York Times referred to the film’s grueling final act as “torture porn.”
“I found that really offensive,” he says, adding other critics contended the practice shown in the film is a thing of the past. Sadly, news of a fresh stoning case following the film’s U.K. release proved that to be a lie.
“If anything, our movie confirmed a lot of the things that were happening in Iran,” he says.
He expects “Christ the Lord” to get a far different reception, and he hopes the film won’t be pidgeonholed strictly as a “religious” film.
“This is a movie for religious poepe as well as for the masses,” he says. We want this movie to appeal to as abroad an audience as possible … it’s a beautiful story told with a great sort of understanding of the times and the period.”

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Columbus discovers young Jesus pic – Entertainment News, EXCLUSIVE, Media – Variety

Producing Anne Rice tome ‘Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt’

After helping bring Harry Potter and Kevin McCallister to life, Chris Columbus is looking to put another famous kid up on the big screen: Jesus Christ.

Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and CJ Entertainment have acquired the rights to the Anne Rice tome “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” which tells the story of a seven-year-old Jesus, who departs Egypt with his family to return home to Nazareth and discovers the truth about his birth, who he is, and his purpose in life.

Cyrus Nowrasteh will direct from a screenplay he penned with Betsy Nowrasteh. Columbus will produce along with Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe through 1492 Pictures with Sean Lee, Patricia Chun and Keo Lee producing through CJ Entertainment.

Rice came to Nowrasteh first and asked if he would take on the project after seeing his film “The Stoning of Soraya M.” After agreeing to write and direct the project, Nowrasteh brought it to Columbus and Marnathan at 1492.

“This film has the potential to be a cinematic classic, a picture that will appeal to all ages, all around the world,” Columbus said. “I am proud to be part of this incredible production.”

The Nowrastehs and Rice are repped by CAA. Columbus and 1492 are repped by WME.

Contact Justin Kroll at justin.kroll@variety.com

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Unedited ABC Miniseries ‘Path To 9/11′ Finally Seeing Light Of Day

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 3:34pm PDT

The think tank American Freedom Alliance said today it will screen the full unedited version of the 2006 ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 11, the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The group bills the event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City as the first time the unedited version will be shown, after ABC trimmed about a minute of footage ahead of its original broadcast airing — a move the mini’s writer-producer Cyrus Nowrasteh said was due to political pressure from Democrats who disputed the facts portrayed in the script, which was critical of President Bill Clinton for not killing Osama bin Laden when given the opportunity in 1998. (ABC advertised that the mini was based on the 9/11 Commission report, but commission member Richard Ben-Veniste and the Clinton Administration were among those that disputed its version of events). That same pressure, Nowrasteh has claimed many times since, has delayed the 4 1/2-hour miniseries from being released on DVD. In other words, it all became a big morass that nobody could really fix (see ABC’s 9/11: Big Mystery! Where’s Disney Chairman George Mitchell In This Mess?).

The American Freedom Alliance, which bills itself “a non-political, non-aligned movement that promotes, defends and upholds Western values and ideals,” will show the mini in two parts: 10AM-12:30 PM and 5PM-7PM, with a forum and commemoration for 9/11 victims held between screenings. Nowrasteh will be interviewed live at 4:30 PM by John Ziegler, whose documentary Blocking The Path to 9/11 chronicles efforts to prevent the miniseries from airing.

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