January 17, 2022


Showing: Wednesday, November 9 – 8:00 PM
Title: Zero Days
Year: 2016
Country: USA
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zero300Meet the Filmmaker: Oscar winning director Alex Gibney

This sobering documentary focuses on the spread of computer malware – specifically Stuxnet, which the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility. The nightmare of push-button nuclear annihilation has haunted humanity since the invention of the atomic bomb; It now has a modern day equivalent in cyberwarfare. Ultimately, the film asks this question: In a hypercompetitive world, when do we decide not to pursue innovation and hold back for the greater good? Has technology outrun our capacity to control it? 2016, USA, 116 minutes, documentary, PG-13

“Clear, urgent and positively terrifying at times.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

There’s one NSA staffer in particular — seen in shadow, her voice altered — who’s the real star of Zero Days. Her reveal is at once solid journalism and dramatic tour de force. It’s a challenge Gibney meets with ease.” – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

“A critical political viewpoint that avoids hysteria and demagogy. Its strongest protest is against what Mr. Gibney sees as the dangers of excessive American secrecy.”Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Here’s a New York Magazine profile of Alex Gibney, now on vulture.com.

In 2013 Alex Gibney joined us at Rivertown Film along with his film We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. Here is an August 8, 2016 Op-Ed about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that Alex wrote for The New York Times.