The Hunt for Bin Laden

The Hunt for Bin Laden is the inside story of the greatest manhunt in US history.
It spans decades, sparks wars, and defines presidencies.

Now, with interviews with those who were in the center of the action or in charge of the pursuit and the war on terror during three administrations, this film tells the definitive story of the twenty-year cat and mouse game, and the attempts to bring one of the world’s most notorious terrorist to justice.


The Hunt for Bin Laden

The Hunt for Bin Laden is the inside story of the greatest manhunt in US history.
It spans decades, sparks wars, and defines presidencies.

Now, with interviews with those who were in the center of the action or in charge of the pursuit and the war on terror during three administrations, this film tells the definitive story of the twenty-year cat and mouse game, and the attempts to bring the world’s most notorious terrorist to justice.

For the first time, America’s intelligence chiefs, politicians, military leaders and diplomats come together in this psychological thriller to tell their story. Some of the best minds in the US government recall how they raced against time, to learn the methods of their enemy in an attempt to prevent attacks which could cause even more devastating losses.

It is the all-new story of political intrigue at the highest level of government, of bitter turf wars between different agencies, Presidents and the military.

The film uses rare and startling archive material, directly relevant to every specific moment in the story. This immersive approach takes the viewer on a journey from the mountain caves of bin Laden’s Afghan hideout, through the corridors of power in Washington, to crime scene investigations of the terrorists attacks carried out by bin Laden around the world. The viewer will witness some of the defining moments of the 21st century to date: the raid at Abbottabad, the attacks on US Embassies in Africa, the USS Cole, and the war in Afghanistan, plus the chilling moment when the Twin Towers fell at the hands of 19 hijackers.

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense:
“All the intelligence agencies focused on Al Qaeda and they focused on Bin Laden. And, and the task was to find him. And of course his task was to not be found.”

We begin in the late 1980s, when Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden first establishes his terrorist organisation, al Qaeda or “The Base”, in the mountain fastness of Afghanistan.
There, he began to put together his plans to attacks the “Crusaders” in retribution for America’s building of military bases in Saudi Arabia and for Israel’s policies against the Palestinians.

Noman Benotman, a former Libyan freedom fighter, knew Bin Laden in Afghanistan:
“He was one of the masters you know in the Islamic movement in terms of branding. The most powerful tool he had it was the message itself.”

Writer an Director: Leslie Woodhead
Cinematography: Ross Klein
Sound: Bob Silverstone, Paul Rusnak
Editor: Ian Meller, Ben Heather
Dubbing Mixers: Pierre Brand, Karl Mainzer, Rowan Jennings
Music: Nainita Desai, Malcom Laws
Voice Over: Frank Arnold, Sandra Kob, Rainer Schmitt, Olaf Baden, Wolfgang Jürgen, Mathias Scherwenikas, Carsten Krabbe
Archive Producer: Peter Scott
Production Managers: Andrew McKerlie, James Mudie, Reinhardt Beetz
US Producers: Rebecca Abrahams, Lara Hartzenbusch
Senior Producer: Talya Tibbon
Executive Producers: Simon Berthon, Kate Botting, Reinhardt Beetz
Commissioning Editor: Milka Pavlicevic (ZDF/arte)

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  • The Wall Street Journal

    "A meticulously documented story of the failure, by successive administrations, to grasp the meaning of the painstakingly planned terror attacks (…)" "For all the anger, there is something still more telling in these interviews, exceptional for their undiplomatic passion. That something is the unmistakable look of anguish in the eyes of all of these commentators, the angriest and toughest included. There would be, that look said, no getting over the certainty that the 9/11 tragedy could have been averted, no getting over the reasons it had not been."