The U.S. spent an estimated $175 billion on counterterrorism in 2017— an 11-fold increase from before 9/11. At a time when terrorist violence – both domestic and international – is on the rise, The Terrorist Hunter follows the career of controversial spy Rita Katz.
Credited with uncovering key information about al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, Katz is both lauded and derided in a field dominated by men. She is upheld for her efforts in tirelessly fighting terrorism, but her critics fault her for supposedly fabricating plots where none exist. This short documentary goes into Katz's home to hear from the woman herself. In her own words, she insists that she has no agenda. She merely sees things and reports them. What the government does with the information is a different story.
Her tale is woven within the context of the multibillion-dollar counterterrorism industry.
FILMMAKER'S BIO: Ann Shin is a multiple award-winning director and new media producer whose films and series have been broadcast across the globe, and screened at festivals around the world. Her most recent short film, "My Enemy, My Brother," was nominated for a 2016 Emmy and shortlisted for an Academy Award. Her previous film, "The Defector: Escape from North Korea," won best documentary and best documentary director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, ABC, HBO Europe, Discovery Channel, TVO, SBS, History Channel, PBS, and SuperChannel.
FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "As an Iraqi born Israeli-American, Rita is a fascinating, complex intelligence expert. Her story provides a unique lens on issues around terrorism and the counter-terrorism industry."