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Hezbollah Inc – Episode Three: In the Name of the State

By 2008, the US Drug Enforcement Administration had gathered enough evidence to prove that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a military and political organization into an international crime syndicate earning up to $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities. ‘Project Cassandra’ was the ambitious, top-secret project to stop them. This three part series tells the story of ‘Project Cassandra’, through the testimonies of DEA agents and other people involved. It’s a tale that helps explain the history and rise of Hezbollah, making a complex geopolitical story accessible to a larger audience. 

France has been the preferred country for Hezbollah militants to seek asylum since 2010. It offers several advantages: the potential to blend in with a large Lebanese community and free movement on European territory. Paris was chosen as a bridgehead for laundering money from cocaine trafficking. The D.E.A., the American anti-drug agency, alerted the French police. Together they opened a new chapter in Operation Cassandra, named “Operation Cedar” after the tree that symbolizes Lebanon.

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Magneto
  • Director: Jérôme Fritel & Sofia Amara
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

  • Global Cinema Film Festival Boston 2024 (USA)

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