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Terrorism. Counter-terrorism. Surveillance. Business. Politics.
In the first six months of 2017, over 2500 people around the world were killed or injured in terrorist incidents for which the IS claimed responsibility. Many of these attacks took place in countries with strident mass-surveillance laws designed to prevent just this sort of tragedy. Why was intelligence failing to prevent them? This gripping, compulsive documentary from the makers of A Good American finds a glimmer of hope after a thorough investigation into counter-terrorist activities.
Chasing Evil dissects the terror-attacks since Paris Bataclan in November 2015 and looks for common patterns. Why was intelligence failing? And why keep our governments pushing for more of the same? A road movie into surveillance reforms, power, money, and cover-ups. A search for a way out of this maze - with a glimpse of hope on the horizon.
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Friedrich holds a university degree (MA) in history and german studies from the University of Salzburg / Austria. Friedrich started his professional career as a TV journalist and editor in Bolzano-Bozen / Italy. In 2001 he founded blue+green communication. He has made over 20 documentaries in the past years, most of them as producer / director / DoP. Friedrich’s professional career also includes lecturing on history and documentaries at the University of Vienna / Department of Economic and Social History, as well as teaching video production at the Secondary School for Commercial Graphics in Bressanone-Brixen / Italy. His films include THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS and A GOOD AMERICAN.