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Hezbollah Inc – Episode Two: The Long Hunt

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. 

The assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on February 14, 2005 caused an earthquake in Lebanon and in the international community. All eyes turned to Syria, which was accused of being the sponsor of this attack. The army of Bashar al-Assad, which occupied part of the country, was forced to retreat amid hostility from the local population. With the withdrawal of the Syrians, Hezbollah lost a long-time ally and protector. More seriously, it also found itself in the dock, suspected of complicity in the murder of Hariri. 

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 58 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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