A HISTORY OF TERRORISM - HD


a documentary film : A HISTORY OF TERRORISM - HD
Director : Michael Prazan
Author : Michael Prazan
Length : 3 x 52' / 60'
Year : 2011
Producer : DOC EN STOCK

Abstract

A bomb explodes daily in Iraq and in Afghanistan, taking its toll on dozens of innocent lives. It has become a regular occurrence since 9/11. No society, no country, however remote, is exempt from the threat of a terrorist attack. How did things come to this? This documentary serial is a cold analysis of terrorism, the hottest issue of our time, in its minutest details throughout history: means, objectives and worldwide targets. Throughout three 52 minutes episodes we will explore the genealogy of terrorist movements, their ideology, their practices and their operating methods. We will highlight the turning-points, the shifts and the crossovers responsible for passing on the phenomenon from one organization to another, from one region of the globe to another; the effects of filiations and transmission, both in terms of know-how and of ideological and political heritage.

Part One will focus on the beginnings of the phenomenon, the sudden swings in history that transform the notion of resistance into a notion of terrorism. It will look at the period covering World War Two and the colonial wars.

Part Two will plunge us into the heart of terrorist organizations to examine from the inside the internationalization of the phenomenon in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. From radical groups formed in the developed world, such as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, the Red Brigade, the Japanese Red Army, and also ETA (the Basque separatists in Spain) to the appearance of Palestinian terrorism, the terrorism of the 1970s, its geopolitics, its founding fathers, its filiations and its means.

Part Three will examine the reaction of modern democracies confronted by terrorism, with, as a focal point, the nebulous al-Qaeda. For this, we will look back at certain sequences of Islamist terrorism, on the campaign waged by al-Qaeda henchmen and on the "War Against Terror" led by the US and its allies after the New York attacks of 2001.