Main Plot Points:
- For some 25 years, filmmaker Ken Dornstein has been haunted by the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland a terrorist act that killed 270 people, including his older brother David.
- Now, Dornstein sets out to find the men responsible, hunting for clues to the identities and whereabouts of the suspects in the ruins and chaos of post-Qaddafi Libya in this rare, real-life spy thriller.
What We Thought:
- My Brother’s Bomber shows the power of journalism and family at the same time. I found it extremely fascinating.
- On one hand you remember what investigative journalism could/should be like. Dornstein travels the world to find the truth behind the plane bombing that killed his brother over Scotland.
- He goes to Libya, Germany, Scotland, wherever anyone would talk and wherever the clues lead him. His passion to solve his brother’s murder was incredible and it’s a shame the powers that be didn’t have that type of passion.
- That passion lead to more information and somewhat closure. A former Libyan helped him unravel more and more and solve who the dark skinned man was. He ended up being connected other bombings and it was just amazing how it played out.
- I also had another reaction to the documentary. This bombing occurred in the 80s. The bombing of a German disco also happened in the 80s. The US attacked Libya in the 80s as well.
- What does that mean? Well it means we’ve been fighting a war on terror for decades. People think today’s world is so much different and scarier than before. This just proves otherwise.
- This also proves that not only do we not pay attention to history, we don’t even remember it. We act like terrorism is a new thing, that events in Paris, at the Boston Marathon are new. They aren’t. It’s always happened. We are more aware today because of 24 hour news and social media, but we really need to learn and remember our history because like the saying goes, it can repeat itself.
- My Brother’s Bombing is 3 one hour episodes, but they are worth watching. It will give you a new perspective on life and hopefully it opens your eyes about terrorism and the history of it. I hope this got Dornstein and his family some closure and that it helped others because it’s fascinating and moving.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ken Dornstein
- From PBS/Frontline
Recommended if You Like:
- American History
- Investigative Journalism