Libyan revolution focus of new Al Jazeera films
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 28-11-2011 A series of three television documentaries charting the Libyan uprising through the eyes of exiled revolutionaries on their journey to Tripoli will begin on 8 December on Al Jazeera English.
'Gaddafi: The End Game' is produced and directed by Moonbeam Films' Anne Reevell, in conjunction with executive producer, the Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA winner Jon Blair.
"It's very rare that you get a ringside seat in history," said Anne Reevell. "I was lucky enough to see a revolution through the eyes of a remarkable group of people."
The initial two part documentary, called The Long Road to Tripoli, follow 30 year old Ibrahim El-Mayet and his father Abduladim as they drive a convoy of ambulances across Europe, through Tunisia and into the western mountains of Libya. There they meet with another Libyan previously exiled in Britain, whose group of revolutionaries they help arm and train for the final assault on Gaddafi's troops in the Libyan capital.
The film, says Al Jazeera, provides insight into how Libya's ad-hoc army of committed amateurs toppled a brutal dictatorship.
"When the February 17th uprising began, the Libyan diaspora struggled with what it meant for them and how they should react. Was it a false dawn? Was it safe to openly support it? How far should they go in helping? Was their help welcome? Was their exile about to end and at what cost?" said Anne.
"I was able to film with a small group of Libyans from the UK and got to know them well. Gradually, as the months passed, their determination that Gaddafi must go transformed them into revolutionaries. This film is the story of that journey, its effect on them and their ideal of being part of building a new country."
Among other political figures, Anne also interviewed Dr Abdurrahim El-Keib, who has now become Libya's Prime Minister, for the film.
The third documentary, called State of Denial, explores the disintegration of Gaddafi's power base, featuring interviews with key Libyan players in the revolution, as well as with the UK prime minister's senior adviser on Libya. The film apparently looks at the cooperation between the Libyan military and the British even before February 17th's rebellion.
"Everyone looks at the pictures of Blair and Gaddafi embracing," says Anne. "What they don't see are the handshakes between military advisers who later work together to bring down the regime."
The films – in their three part order - will air from 8 December, 15 December and 22 December on Al Jazeera English.