email Join our email list! divider Register Login cartCart
Icarus Film
Films from independent
producers worldwide.
32 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201divider(718) 488 8900
State of Terrorism
Directed by Ilan Ziv
 Text Size  Increase Font Size   Decrease Font Size   divider Printable VersionPrintable Version

Before September 11, 2001, only some 400 people had pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. But now there are tens of thousands of jihadist militants on several continents. Terrorist attacks have multiplied around the world, straining relations between the West, its minority populations and Muslim nations. By violating the democratic values it claimed to be defending, the “War on Terror” launched by George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of 9/11 had the effect of a hammer smashing a vial of mercury. It scattered what had been a limited threat, turning it into a permanent global conflict – one that has provided fertile ground for recruiting jihadists and swelling the ranks of increasingly powerful xenophobic groups in the United States and Europe.

This is the somber picture painted by director Ilan Ziv (Capitalism) through conversations with political leaders, security experts, and generals from the United States, the UK, France, and Israel who witnessed these events on the inside, at the highest levels. Some, like neo-conservative Richard Perle, continue to believe their actions were justified, while others, like the late Colin Powell’s former right-hand man, Lawrence Wilkerson, are haunted by their guilt. But regardless of how they view their roles, those interviewed for the series help us understand the war that ravaged the Middle East, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, and how that has led to an impasse with no end in sight.

From the deliberate lies triggering the invasion of Iraq to the United States’ “black” torture sites, Ilan Ziv weighs the facts against what we know today, showing how concepts created by a discredited administration continue to deeply affect the world today.

Part 1 looks at the origins of a “war” whose enemy has never been defined.

Part 2 examines how America’s decision to disregard the Geneva Conventions doomed its counter-offensive to failure even before the invasion of Iraq — by fueling the insurrections to come and spreading further violence.

“If you only see one documentary about the endless war that began with the 9/11 attacks, it's this one by Ilan Ziv.” —Le Monde

“Highly recommended! Intense; a much-needed update on the topic of terrorism for public and academic library collections.” —Suzanne Mangrum, Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)

104 minutes / Color
English / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2017

For individual consumers (home video)

This title is available online from:

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

Subject areas:
Globalization, History (U.S.), Comparative Government, Human Rights, Political Science, Politics, Middle East

Watch the trailer:

Related Titles:
Home | New | Titles | Subjects | Ordering   
About | Best Sellers | Filmmakers | Screenings   
  Follow Us! On...
Facebook Follow Icarus Films on Twitter Instagram Vimeo YouTube
Copyright (c) 2024, Icarus Films
Last Updated January 25, 2024 [Build 3.0.a060-d7]
Privacy Policy