“An intriguing, disturbing watch…**** “ – THE GUARDIAN
“The latest bombshell from one of America’s most prolific and unapologetically probing docu directors” – VARIETY
London, UK – The latest political documentary film from oscar-winning director Alex Gibney – ZERO DAYS – is now available on major VOD platforms in the UK & Ireland, courtesy of Content Media.
ZERO DAYS is a documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules: the world of cyberwar. It is a cautionary tale of technology, power, unintended consequences, morality and the dangers of secrecy. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyberwarfare.
ZERO DAYS, a Global Produce and Jigsaw production, is produced by Marc Shmuger and Gibney, and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media and Sarah Dowland.
ZERO DAYS tracks the Stuxnet story from the moment when the malware is first discovered. As Stuxnet spreads across the globe, a small group of cyber-detectives, along with journalists, and even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, race to decipher the most complex virus they have ever encountered, discover its target, and find out who is behind it. As it turns out, the Stuxnet worm would mark the first known attack in which computer malware leaves the realm of cyberspace and causes physical destruction.
Stuxnet is so tightly classified that not one official representative of the U.S. or Israeli government has ever publicly admitted it even happened, let alone taken responsibility for it. Gibney tells the unvarnished story of the program, called “Olympic Games”: How it was developed, executed, and came very close to causing an international crisis. Through accounts from high echelon players in the U.S. and Israeli secret services, journalists, analysts, and whistleblowers, ZERO DAYS uncovers new information about the operations and U.S. cyber weapons programs, and demonstrates the profound risks this Brave New World of digital warfare poses to the safety of the planet.
Alex Gibney says: “What we discovered in investigating the story is that it’s actually a much bigger story about covert actions, politics, morality, and how our government, in trying to find a quick technical fix, created huge unintended consequences. And these consequences are even more worrying, because they are kept secret.”
Producer Marc Shmuger adds: “It was clear to me that Stuxnet wasn’t just a case of a dangerous virus loose in the world—it could herald the future of all warfare.”
The debate about cyberwar is vital to the safety of the world and for the first time in a film, ZERO DAYS puts the issue of cyberwar out in the open, where a public debate can finally begin.
ZERO DAYS is available on all major VOD platforms in the UK & Ireland from 17th January 2016.