HBO Documentary Films presents a Passion Pictures and Motto Pictures Production
Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2013
AWARDS: Winner: Outstanding Documentary, Primetime Emmy 2013 | Winner: Grierson Award Special Mention 2013
John Battsek | Julie Goldman
On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, America’s public enemy number one, was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid, a watershed moment that gripped most of the world, lasted a mere 40 minutes. But the hunt for bin Laden took two decades. The search began with a team of mostly female CIA analysts, known in intelligence circles as the Sisterhood. These women were trying to take down bin Laden before most of us even knew his name. Piecing together scraps of intelligence, they uncovered a secret terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored…until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed. MANHUNT unfolds like a thriller. Renowned filmmaker Greg Barker garners unfettered access to the inner circle of a clandestine war on terror and creates a riveting tale of espionage and the moral choices of war.
“...this stylish, coherent rendering of a complex story will likely be branded as the real-life "Zero Dark Thirty"
“...if as many people saw “Manhunt” as saw “Zero Dark Thirty” (domestic gross: roughly $96 million), it would be a small step in the right direction.”
NEW YORK TIMES
"Greg Barker makes the decades-spanning investigation into Osama bin Laden comprehensible in a sharp, involving doc."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER