DMC presents documentary on Muslim Brotherhood's extreme ideologue Qutb

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Qutb was a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s; he influenced the majority of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

Qutb was a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s; he influenced the majority of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

CAIRO – 26 January 2019: Egyptian entertainment channel DMC, in cooperation with Egypt Today, has released the first part of a documentary film about Muslim Brotherhood leader, Sayyid Qutb (1906 – 1966).

Qutb was a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s; he influenced the majority of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

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One of Muhammad Qutb's students was Ayman Zawahiri, who went on to become a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and later a mentor of Osama bin Laden and a leading member of al-Qaeda.

In 1966, he was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging.

The documentary answers several questions, such as: “Did Sayyid Qutb steal the Brotherhood from Hassan al-Hudaybi? And what did the general investigation mention in the secret report on Outb’s ideology partners?”

The documentary further reveals why did Qutb want to blow up Al-Qanatir al-Khairiya (the first modern irrigation structure across the Nile), how he got to the execution, and how did the Brotherhood attempt to assassinate President Nasser, through one of his guards?

The documentary also presents for the first time, after half a century, the records of investigations the 65 organization’s confessions on camera, the meeting between Naguib Mahfouz and Sayyid Qutb, how did Zainab Al-Ghazali, an Egyptian activist and founder of the Muslim Women's Association, disavow before the prosecution from Sayyid Qutb’s ideas? How did Hassan Al-Hudhaibi disavow from Zainab and Qutb? It also includes the last moments for Qutb, Hawash and Ismail before the gallows.

As the documentary answers, how did the Brotherhood recruit the two young men, Mahmoud Azza and Muhammad Badie, who later became the eighth Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood? And how did nitro-glycerin become a necessity for the integration of the Muslim personality according to the followers of Qoutb’s thoughts?

The preparations of the film took 15 months, where the creator of the documentary had to read over 23 thousand papers and documents in order to deliver a complete picture of the incidences.

Sherif Saeed, executive director of the Documentary Unit in "DMC" channel, said that he had read 23 thousand and 922 papers, investigations and books for the production of the documentary film "Qutb", noting that the documentary work is not only technical, but a research journey between memos, investigation papers and archives.

He added how he encountered difficulties, as the investigations were difficult to read, pointing out that the hassle of arranging the investigation records, the reports of the Ministry of Interior investigations, and the investigations of the Supreme State Security Prosecution.

For his part, Ahmed El-Deriny, director of the documentary films unit in DMC channel, and one of the makers of the movie "Qutb" revealed that it took 15 months ago to prepare the film, and the film consisted of a group of tributaries, an essential part of which is the investigations and the course of the trials of the 43 accused, in addition to the archive of Sayyid Qutb in the Egyptian press.

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