English and Arabic with English subtitles, 2013, 102 minutes, color, U.S.A./United Kingdom, U.S. Documentary
On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, America’s public enemy number one, was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid, a watershed moment that gripped most of the world, lasted a mere 40 minutes. But the hunt for bin Laden took two decades.
The search began with a team of mostly female CIA analysts, known in intelligence circles as the Sisterhood. These women were trying to take down bin Laden before most of us even knew his name. Piecing together scraps of intelligence, they uncovered a secret terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored…until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed.
MANHUNT unfolds like a thriller. Renowned filmmaker Greg Barker garners unfettered access to the inner circle of a clandestine war on terror and creates a riveting tale of espionage and the moral choices of war. - D. C.
About the Director
The New York Times described Greg Barker as “a filmmaker of artistic and political consequence.” A former war-correspondent-turned filmmaker, Barker has worked in more than 50 countries across six continents. His previous films include Sergio, winner of the Documentary Editing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, as well as Koran by Heart and Ghosts of Rwanda. MANHUNT is the culmination of Barker’s 10-year interest in America’s conflict with Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Cast and Credits
Director: Greg Barker
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Producers: John Battsek, Julie Goldman, Nancy Abraham
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