Alex Gibney’s latest documentary “Zero Days” tells the story of Stuxnet, a dangerous piece of malware that threatens to destabilize the entire globe. In 2010, Stuxnet was discovered by Sergey Ulasen who found that it targeted industrial control systems. Security experts said that they had never discovered such an elaborate, untraceable malware such as Stuxnet, and concluded that a country’s government was responsible given the immense technological and financial resources required for its creation. It’s soon uncovered that the United States and Israel initially developed Stuxnet to compromise Iranian nuclear facilities, and now it has gone far past its intended target and has put the world in jeopardy.
“Zero Days” comprehensively examines the web of intrigue surrounding Stuxnet, how it has aided global espionage and covert assassinations, and how it has redefined weapons for the 21st century. Watch a promo for the film below.
Gibney is one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today. He first came to prominence with his 2005 Oscar-nominated film “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” about the 2001 collapse of the Enron Corporation and the subsequent criminal trials of the company’s top executives. He won an Oscar for his 2007 film “Taxi to the Dark Side,” which focuses on the 2002 killing of an Afghan taxi driver who was beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention. Other more recent films include “The Armstrong Lie,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which won three Emmys, and “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”
“Zero Days” premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. It then screened at the AFI Doc Festival in June. It will be released in theaters on July 8.