Un-named Abu Zubaydah Project

Two men are radicalized by violent events before 9/11. One, a US airman, volunteers for a mission to bolster his American Dream, the other, a Palestinian, is moved to destroy it.

In August 2002, two men’s lives collided inside an abandoned jungle base in northern Thailand. One was Lt. Col. James Mitchell, a psychologist recruited by the CIA to get terrorists to talk. The other was Zayn Abidin Abu Zubaydah, charged with being a 9/11 plotter and Al Qaeda’s number three.



About the Filmmakers


Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney

Director Alex Gibney’s Zero Days premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Berlinale. Other recent films include: the triple Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival; Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a two-part special on the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (April 2015). Highlights from his career include the Oscar® winning Taxi to the Dark Side; an Academy Award® nomination for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; and the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa, which exposes a sex abuse scandal in US that winds its way all the way to the highest office of the Vatican; Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, a film that investigates growing economic inequality in the US. In 2015, Gibney was awarded a Peabody Award and nominated for a Grammy for Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown. Gibney took home three Emmy Awards in 2013 for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an Emmy in 2013 for Showtime’s The History of The Eagles, and a Peabody Award in 2012 for Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. His Sony documentary about Lance Armstrong’s spectacular fall from grace, The Armstrong Lie, was short-listed for the 2014 Academy Award®. It was also nominated for the 2014 BAFTA Award, along with his Universal film We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Recently, Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions has expanded into television series with its first project Death Row Stories, Executive Produced by Gibney and Robert Redford for CNN. The company also produced Edge of Eighteen, a groundbreaking series for Al Jazeera America where Jigsaw mentored high school seniors as they filmed their lives on the brink of adulthood.

Executive Producers

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy. Former correspondents for The Sunday Times, and then The Guardian, have been foreign reporters and press journalists of the year. They have produced documentaries for HBO, BBC 1, BBC 2, C4, VICE on HBO. City of Fear (2010) on Pakistan's bloodiest year, was a finalist at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Torture Trail (2013), won the Amnesty International award for best documentary, was short-listed for the Grierson award, and was a finalist in the Rory Peck awards. Chinese Murder Mystery (2014), was long-listed for a BAFTA and nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Awards. They have written six prizewinning non fiction books. The Siege, an account of the 26/11 assaults on Mumbai, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, and they are adapting it for TV. Their sixth, The Exile, inside Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s years in the wilderness, was published in June 2017, and they are adapting it for film and TV.