Ten years after Muammar al-Qadhafi was ousted and executed by rebells backed by France, the hopes of seeing a “Libyan Spring” have gone up in smoke. A series of civil wars has left the country fractured, opening up cracks for foreign interests to slip in and strengthen their grip. Paralyzed by migration risks and jihadist threats, Europe – and France in particular – have failed to restore stability to a land perilously close to its doorstep. Turkey and Russia have seized their chance to move in and expand their footprint in Libya, creating a lopsided geopolitical balance.
The film mixes accounts from high-ranking official stakeholders with disclosures from actors who’ve stirred up chaos in the shadows, offering a step-by-step breakdown of how a popular uprising degenerated into civil war. This geopolitical investigation offers brand-new insight on Libya, thanks to extraordinary documents gathered inside the government itself and direct access to sites where cameras are rarely allowed to film.
Our myriad sources throw light on Europe’s deep divisions over Libya, foreign interference, the differing strategies of Western powers with conflicting economic interests, and the influx of sophisticated weaponry – despite the UN embargo – that poses a growing threat to the security of the entire Mediterranean region.
And amidst all this chaos, the fate of migrants is being left to human traffickers and young revolutionaries are being traumatized by successive wars, heightening the urgency of the situation.
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