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My job gives me opportunities to work with people who have sterling credentials: Nobel Prize winners, Hayek Award winners, Rhodes Scholars, and Marshall Scholars, to name just a few. But until I sat down last week to interview Carie Lemack, I had never spent time with an Academy Award nominee.
Carie is the executive producer of Killing in the Name, which is up for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. Carie produced the film while she was a CFR International Affairs Fellow. As you might imagine, everyone at CFR is enormously proud of her accomplishment.
Killing in the Name tells the story of Ashraf, whose life was changed forever when an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber attacked his wedding celebration in Amman, Jordan in 2005, killing twenty-seven members of Ashraf’s family. Ashraf begins a journey around the world seeking to break the silence among Muslims on the subject of terrorism.
Carie is the co-founder of Global Survivors Network (GSN), a global organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. She previously co-founded and led Families of September 11 after her mother, Judy Larocque, was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center.
I know there is one film I will be rooting for on Sunday night.