"A Mighty Heart," the Angelina Jolie film that depicts the life and ultimate beheading of American reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of Al Qaeda terrorists, has come under criticism from the murdered journalist's father.
In an op-ed piece published in The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday, Judea Pearl takes the filmmakers to task for drawing a comparison between his son's abduction and the detention of suspected Islamic militants at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo.
Pearl further criticizes director Michael Winterbottom for writing in the Washington Post that "A Mighty Heart" and his previous film, "The Road to Guantanamo," were very similar.
"Drawing a comparison between Danny's murder and the detention of suspects in Guantanamo is precisely what the killers wanted, as expressed in both their emails and the murder video," Judea Pearl writes.
"Indeed, following an advance screening of "A Mighty Heart in Los Angeles," a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said: 'We need to end the culture of bombs, torture, occupation, and violence. This is the message to take from the film.'"
"Danny's tragedy demands an end to this logic," continues Pearl, who is president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and co-editor of "I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl."
"There can be no comparison between those who take pride in the killing of an unarmed journalist and those who vow to end such acts. Moral relativism died with Daniel Pearl, in Karachi, on January 31 2002."