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World; Killing of Sadat, The: Why was Cairo Calm?


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Killing of Sadat, The: Why was Cairo Calm?
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

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On October 6, 1981, during a victory parade, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was assassinated. Never has the Western World mourned a third world leader as deeply and as publicly. His funeral procession was attended by most of the western leaders and carried on television to millions around the world. But the reaction of his own countrymen was calm. Despite his role in peace with Israel, during Sadat's eleven years in power, social and economic crises only grew for his people. That aspect of his leadership differs profoundly from the western image of him as a hero and a man of destiny.



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Chicago: “World; Killing of Sadat, The: Why was Cairo Calm?,” 10/06/1982, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4BF8196143784427BC3E1CAB092B5306.
MLA: “World; Killing of Sadat, The: Why was Cairo Calm?.” 10/06/1982. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4BF8196143784427BC3E1CAB092B5306>.
APA: World; Killing of Sadat, The: Why was Cairo Calm?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4BF8196143784427BC3E1CAB092B5306
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