War Stories is based on the dramatic events leading up and subsequent to an interview with Osama Bin Laden conducted in 1997 by Pulitzer prize-winning Kiwi journalist Peter Arnett.
The feature weaves dramatic recreations with archive footage to tell the story of Arnett’s clandestine meeting, where bin Laden outlined his vision of the changing Arab world and his determination to expel US troops.
After 9/11, Arnett watched horrified as the Twin Towers collapsed and remembered bin Laden’s threats. In 2014, bin Laden’s senior lieutenant, Khalid al-Fawwaz, the man who Arnett had organised Arnett’s interview, went on trial in New York. Arnett’s testimony was key to his conviction.
Funded by NZ On Air.
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