Saddam's Nuclear Scientist

The Science and Secrecy of Iraq's Weapons Program

After Israeli missiles destroyed the Al-Tuwaitha research centre in 1981, Saddam decided that his needed a nuclear deterrent. The torture of colleagues and fellow citizens convinced Jafar that Saddam’s request was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

From his arrival back home in 1975 to the outbreak of war in 2003, Dr Jafar has an inside perspective of everything from the minutiae of how to buy vacuum induction furnaces without attracting attention, to the global repercussions of an air-strike on his office.

Through interview, archive and a journey across Iraq with Dr Jafar, we go behind the curtain of Saddam Hussein's regime. As we visit key sites relating to his story, Jafar reveals the struggles involved in getting from blueprint to bomb, the science and the secrecy, and why in the end there weren’t any weapons of mass destruction to be found.

At its core a personal story, this film will provide an insight into life as Saddam’s nuclear scientist. As Dr Jafar reveals the truth about Iraqi attempts to build a bomb, the result of war on the country becomes apparent. The film concludes with a glimpse at alarming similarities between the escalation to war and current tensions between the US, Israel, and Iran.

How hard is it to build an atomic bomb? What about if it’s not really your field, and your boss happens to be Saddam Hussein?

This is the inside story of how a British trained physicist, Dr Jafar Dhia Jafar, to whom we have exclusive access, spent twelve years at the epicentre of a weapons program that would obsess the world.

As Dr Jafar reveals the truth about Iraqi attempts to build a bomb, the result of war on the country becomes apparent.

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