Human rights attorney and advocate Brooke Goldstein spoke at GPS earlier this week during a two-day trip to Chattanooga, during which she shared clips from her documentary, “The Making of a Martyr,” with high school students and, later, audience members at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga-which helped make her trip possible.

Goldstein opened her talk at GPS with a warning for the students: Just as she had in filming the documentary, they were about to enter a world that was stranger than fiction.

It’s a world in which children practically sing their desires to die as martyrs.


It’s a world in which the cartoons on TV extol the virtues of putting down a book and picking up a stone to use in violence.

It’s a world in which terrorists groups attach remote-controlled bombs to 15-year-old children with Down syndrome to ensure the explosion occurs as intended.

And even though the documentary was filmed from 2004 to 2006, it is still the same world in which the GPS students live.

“What’s terribly unfortunate is that the issue has never been more relevant,” Goldstein said. “In fact, the phenomenon has grown and spread like a virus and is now more prevalent, both in the Middle East and in the West.”


“The Making of a Martyr” official trailer