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Published on Oct 16, 2010
Death Of A Princess is a British 1980 drama-documentary, produced by ATV, produced in cooperation with WGBH in the United States. The drama, believed to be based on the true story of Princess Masha'il, is the story of a young princess from a fictitious Middle-Eastern Islamic nation and her lover who had been publicly executed for adultery.
Death Of A Princess depicts Thomas' focus on 'the Princess', as her story became his vehicle through which important parts of Muslim culture was revealed, showing facets of Islamic tradition, custom, society, gender and social roles, sexuality, politics, myth, and identity. Thomas later explained that he had only reconstructed scenes where he was confident that they did happen, although he included film of interviewees telling him information which he did not believe.