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Pilgrimage to Karbala

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Karbala, in Iraq, is the site of the murder and butchering of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson in 680 A.D., a holy place for Shia Muslims, and the destination of a busload of pilgrims from Iran—merchants, carpenters, teachers, schoolchildren—in this remarkable Wide Angle documentary from Kevin Sim. In five days, we revisit the revolution that deposed the shah and the Iran-Iraq war, eavesdrop on expressions of devout faith and blood-curdling anti-American rhetoric, glimpse shrines of breathtaking beauty, and learn more about Shia-Sunni fratricide than any of our newspapers have told us.

Channel 13
Monday, March 26, 10 p.m.


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