The rise of shadow wars, privatized violence, and cyberspace armament has been a quiet threat, but the extent of its reach is far more alarming than one may imagine. In the documentary “Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East,” viewers are exposed to the world of shadow wars and the modern-day soldiers taking part in them.
The film takes a deep dive into the growing world of mercenaries, hackers, and drones replacing traditional armies. With states evading their responsibilities, countries are driving the privatization of violence, causing a blurring of the lines between war and peace. With interviews with notable experts in the field, viewers gain insight into the booming business of digital and traditional mercenaries and their role in destabilizing nations. Through the lens of the U.S. and Russia, this documentary exposes the ugly side of modern warfare and the dire implications of privatizing violence.