Colonel Gadhafi: Dying Days
BROADCAST DATE: Friday, March 4, 2011
Due to rights issues, this documentary is no longer available online. It will be rebroadcast again in the summer. We will update this page when it is next scheduled to air on CBC-TV.
As Libya's Mouammar Gadhafi makes his last stand, vowing to fight to the last drop of blood, this special presentation by the fifth estate tells the story of forty years of his erratic and violent rule, with first-hand accounts from Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair and the insiders and diplomats who know the dictator personally. Through rare and revealing footage, the fifth estate takes you on an unpredictable and fascinating journey. From the young colonel's coup d'etat at age 27, to his murderous support of terrorism, Gadhafi has been at once the West's best enemy and worst friend.
After the terrorist attack on a Boeing 747 claimed 270 lives over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, Colonel Gadhafi became public enemy number one. A godfather of international terrorism, Gadhafi reigned over four decades of bloodshed, repression and realpolitik. Yet, for a time, Gadhafi somehow became a darling and an ally of the West, and an honoured guest at the UN and international summits. In a reign riven with contradictions, this virulent anti-western Arab nationalist nevertheless conspired with the CIA, who helped him avoid assassination on numerous occasions. Ultimately, Gadhafi's most troubled relationships have been with his own people. This is not the first time he has attacked them to brutally quell rebellion.
Eccentric and fascinating, Gadhafi has always been a master of disguises, a reckless gambler, and to some, a madman. As the domino effect of democratic protest spreads across the Middle East, no one expected Gadhafi to fall. A few short weeks into the rebellion in Libya, and he finds himself barely clinging to power, sustained by African mercenaries and a dwindling group of army loyalists. Will he really fight to the last drop?
Colonel Gadhafi: Dying Days is an adaptation of Kadhafi Notre Meilleur Ennemi directed by Antoine Vitkine, and produced by Illégitime Défense and Les Films du Cabestan.
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