"My Trip to Al-Qaeda," which debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, follows U.S. journalist Lawrence Wright's worldwide exploration of the historical context of what formed and radicalized al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden.
"We know al Qaeda, we know the terror, we know the threat, but we really don't know why, we don't know how. And Larry's personal journey made that understandable in a very low-key, compelling way," Gibney told Reuters in an interview.
Adapted from Wright's 2007 one-man play that was based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Looming Tower: al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," it shifts between Wright's storytelling on stage and real-life interviews with Wright's sources.
"The search for al Qaeda isn't so simple, as to just say, who are these individuals? It's where they come from. What is the context in which the terror was made manifest?" Gibney said.
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