Munich '72 and Beyond | Producer: Attack Documentary Will Differ From Others
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One of the eight Palestinian terrorists comprising the Black September group stands on a balcony of the Olympic village during a standoff after they kidnapped nine members of the Israeli Olympic team and killed two others September 5, 1972 in Munich, Germany. Credit: Getty Images

Producer: Attack Documentary Will Differ From Others

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The producer of a new documentary short on the infamous terror attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics says his team will attempt to bring a new dimension to the narrative.

In an interview with The Algemeiner Dr. Steven Ungerleider said the movie will differ from other films covering the 1972 Olympics in that it will attempt to offer reconciliation, and help people “move forward.”

The film is a creation of the Foundation for Global Sports Development and will be called “Munich 1972 & Beyond.”

Ungerleider and David Ulich of the Foundation are producing the documentary. The Foundation also announced that Emmy award-winning producer Michael Cascio, and director Stephen Crisman are working on the film. It is scheduled for release in Fall 2015.

The Foundation said that its documentary is an attempt to unravel “why and how the attack happened, its aftermath, and its importance in 2015 and beyond.”

A veteran of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Ungerleider said that the filmmakers have been working very closely with the Israeli victims of the terrorists. They want to tell the “story behind the story” by featuring the people who lost family members.

“The honoring of the Israelis needs to be addressed,” Ungerleider told The Algemeiner.

“Munich 1972 & Beyond” will compliment a new memorial underway in Germany commemorating the attack on the Israeli Olympic team. Ungerleider is pleased that the memorial is finally being built, and gives credit to IOC President Thomas Bach.

“We are very pleased, and very encouraged that IOC leadership under Dr. Thomas Bach has finally shifted the paradigm after 42 years of being in denial about the memorial,” Ungerleider said. “There is no place for terrorism in the world. We are encouraged by his leadership.”

He added that he thinks that the film and memorial will make a very strong statement that “terrorism is unacceptable.”

The Munich terror attack began on September 5, 1972 when members of the Palestinian group Black September invaded the Israeli Olympic compound. The terrorists demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian convicts. The situation ended after tense negotiations, a failed rescue attempt, and an extended firefight. In the end, the terrorists killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches. A West German policeman was also killed during the terror attacks.

An estimated 900 million people in over 100 countries watched the Munich terrorism unfold on television. The makers of “Munich 1972 & Beyond” said it was the first act of modern terror.

“Forty-two years later, the Munich attack is merely a historical footnote,” said Ungerleider. “We need to come to terms with this horrific trauma before any healing can take place.”

 Written by Chris Coffey and originally published in The Algemeiner