Brook Lapping, a division of Zinc Media, has been commissioned by British pubcaster BBC4 to produce a feature-length documentary that will investigate what became of the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi’s wealth in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
The Search for Gaddafi’s Billions (working title; 90 minutes) will follow Dutch journalists Misha Wessel and Thomas Blom as they attempt to locate and determine what happened to the late Libyan leader’s stockpile of cash by entering into a mysterious world of spies, special forces and political insiders.
Featured throughout the documentary are insights from Gaddafi’s exiled confidants, a mercenary only willing to meet in an underground parking garage, and a spy “who holds vital information.”
VPRO/NPO are the lead commissioners, and the film is coproduced with ZDF/Arte and Brook Lapping in association with Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion.
It will be distributed internationally by All3Media International.
“Enigmatic in life, it is no surprise that Gaddafi’s legacy is a tale of intrigue and violence,” said Sanderson, director of London television at Zinc Media Group, in a statement. “This film follows a deadly trail, covering large parts of the world, to find the missing billions.”
“The dark story of Muammar al-Gaddafi, and what happened to the billions he amassed and stashed outside Libya during his lifetime is shrouded in mystery. As the Libyan people, robbed of vast reserves that Gaddafi took for himself, remain impoverished and locked in a power vacuum, two competing groups mount a hunt for the twelve and a half billion dollars, that Gaddafi hid in South Africa,” added BBC Storyville’s Chang. “The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions is a terrific investigation into an under reported African story and we are thrilled to be showing the film as part of a brilliant run of ‘Storyvilles’ this autumn and winter 2020.”