Irish Justice

 

DESCRIPTION: In 1980, two Irish soldiers were kidnapped, tortured and murdered while on a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon; a third was shot but survived. The Irish say one man is responsible, living free in the United States. From his apartment in Dearborn, Michigan Mahmoud Bazzi claims innocence, but across the Atlantic hundreds of former Irish soldiers march on the U.S. Embassy to call for action.

PRODUCTION: This short film, like so many shorts films produced by the Detroit Free Press, was born out of great local reporting and local journalism. Reporter Jim Schaefer and I spent two weeks gathering accounts from all sides of this story, a trip that took us from Michigan to New York to Ireland. Soon after we returned, breaking news about the fate of our main character prompted the story to run in print and online. Another two weeks were spent crafting the short film.