Massacre In Luxor

Massacre In Luxor

The story of the terrorist attack on tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut in November 1987. A group of bereaved relatives from three families who died that day travel from Japan and Europe to Egypt to come to terms with their loss and to look for answers to their many questions. Who was behind the attack? What drove the young gunmen to such brutality ? Why was the temple unprotected? Should tourists have been warned that they were being targeted?

The group bring with them a petition calling for a permanent memorial to the victims of the attack. Their journey takes them into the heart of a country at war with itself: from the smart suited officials in top echelons of Egypt’s state machine, to the poorest homes of Upper Egypt which for 10 years have been fertile recruiting grounds for Islamic militants. Made for NHK (Japan) and BBC2's This World.

Directed and Written by: Phil Day
Assistant Producers: Julian Jones, Kishi Yamamoto
Executive Producer: Alison Rooper