Today (Oct. 10) would have been Daniel Pearl’s 43rd birthday. Tonight at 8 HBO viewers will see the life story of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who became passionate about journalism at Stanford and once worked at the San Francisco Business Times. Here’s a link to the Chron’s review of the documentary “The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl: Documentary,” which will be repeated throughout November. The film draws a parallel between the lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (pictured) and Omar Sheikh, the man responsible for his brutal murder in 2002. Both men had unique ideas about the world. Pearl believed his work as a reporter promoted cultural tolerance while Omar Sheikh turned to violence in support of his beliefs. For filmmakers Ramesh Sharma and Ahmed Jamal, it was the “dramatic intersection” of the lives of both men that led them to make the documentary, according to NPR. The film is narrated by CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour is scheduled to speak Oct. 17 at Stanford about Pearl.

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