The Terrorist Hunter

Rita Katz is a brilliant lone wolf in a profession dominated by men. Director of SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities), who formerly worked undercover, she is no stranger to controversy. She is credited with uncovering key information about Al Qaeda and ISIS, but detractors say Katz is eager to find terrorist plots where none exist.

Katz’s crusade comes at a time when terrorist violence and anti-Muslim sentiments are on the rise. The zeal with which she hunts terrorists matches the fear sparked by news coverage showing people gunned down at malls and bombed at concerts.

THE TERRORIST HUNTER explores Rita Katz’s career and exposes how fear and terror play out in our society.

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Director:  Ann Shin
Executive Producer:  Amanda Pike, Christa Scharfenberg
Producer:  Ann Shin
Screenwriter: Ann Shin
Cinematographer: Iris Ng, Stephen Chung, Michael Grippo, Jack Wiseman
Editor: Steve Taylor, Eamonn O'Connor
Principal Cast: Rita Katz, Bruce Hoffman, Trevor Aaronson, Tim Edgars, Stephen Downs, Lisa Stampnitzky
Additional Credits: Line Producer: Hannah Donegan , Production Manager: Caitlin Durlak , Coordinating Producer: Rachel de Leon


Amanda Pike
Public Film Contact
Amanda Pike
The Center for Investigative Reporting
Publicity Contact
Amanda Pike
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year:  2017
Genre:  Thriller
Screening in: Documentary Shorts 2
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: Canada, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 32:53 mins