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(from left) Director Victoria Pitt, executive producer Jared Lipworth, foreign policy analyst Mira Kamdar and Al-Jazeera English journalist Todd Baer in a post-screening round table discussion. Photo by Miranda Lin.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, Australian filmmaker Victoria Pitt, debuted her latest documentary at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. An audience of approximately 80 people sipped chai, helped themselves to kathi rolls and gathered to watch. “Mumbai Massacre” is the title of her episode for WNET-13’s “Secrets of the Dead,” a PBS documentary series which uses forensic science and modern technology to examine iconic moments in history.
The title sequence opens with images reminiscent of a Marilyn Manson video. The first words spoken echo a recurring theme throughout the episode: "You never know what a human being is made of, until they're placed in stress." Layered over ambient sound and accompanied by a haunting piano melody, survivors of that fateful day in November 2008 when terrorists rampaged through Mumbai testify to the thoughts that raced through their heads. But instead of sounding jumbled and random, their narrative seamlessly flows into a living stream of consciousness that surrounded the attacks.