In 2002, American journalist and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and gruesomely murdered while working on an investigative piece in Pakistan. His last moments, caught on tape and released virally by his captors, incited uproar and horror. Following his death, Daniel's widow, Mariane Pearl, published A Mighty Heart, a memoir recounting Daniel's life and the pursuit of his murderers.
The moving story was adapted to the big screen in 2007, starring Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl and Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, the film focused on the search for Daniel following news of his kidnap.
The movie, which garnered three Independent Spirit Award nominations, will be shown at the Griffith Film Theater tonight as a preview to Mariane Pearl's visit and lecture Tuesday. Sponsored by the Baldwin Scholars, Freewater Presentations, the Women's Center and Pi Beta Phi sorority, among other organizations, the lecture features Pearl-an award-winning journalist in her own right-speaking about the ideals that inspired Daniel's work and her experiences in the aftermath of his kidnapping.
A Mighty Heart will be shown tonight at 5 p.m. in Griffith Film Theater. Mariane Pearl will speak Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Page Auditorium. Both events are free.