“I break so many taboos when I become a suicide bomber…. I think this nihilism is very new. It’s not the number that I kill, it’s the political statement I make when I kill.” — Filmmaker Ilan Ziv, channeling the subjects of his documentary Human Weapon. Ziv visited The Revealer‘s HQ, New York University’s Center for Religion and Media, to screen his film and speak with Islam scholar Kristin Sands about the religious roots and made-for-media ambitions of suicide bombers. The Revealer‘s associate editor, Kathryn Joyce, introduces this original Revealer feature.
Human Weapon (Ilan Ziv, 2002)