9 August 2016
Director/Screenplay: Alex Gibney
Investigative journalism meets conspiracy thriller as Alex Gibney (Going Clear, NZIFF15) goes on the trail of Stuxnet, the extraordinary computer virus that metastasised around the world before it arrived at its target, Iranian nuclear facilities, and performed its mission: exploding uranium-enrichment centrifuges. Undeterred by muzzled officials, the indomitable Gibney shows how Stuxnet was cooked up covertly by the US and Israel, creating a new level of virus complexity and a new class of weapon. Tehran retaliated in kind, attacking US institutions with malware and parading its own ‘cyber army’.
Gibney manages not only to illuminate in plain terms how Stuxnet worked, but to also issue a powerful warning about the Pandora’s box it opens. Echoing ideas explored in his WikiLeaks film We Steal Secrets, Gibney argues that in the face of an emerging cyber-conflict threat, which is analogous to that of nuclear weapons many decades ago, international norms and rules of engagement must be developed outside the shadows of denial. — Toby Manhire
“[A] white-knuckle nonfiction thriller... Clear, urgent and positively terrifying at times.” — Peter Debruge,Variety
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Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 116 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts