12 April 2019

Africa: The Usual Suspect, Or, How to Keep Thirty Million

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The saga of the mysteriously missing Gaddafi millions, plus gold and diamonds, reads like a combination of elements from Treasure Island, Three Kings, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and a half dozen more adventure films such as the Oceans franchise. And like all these stories, it, too, will someday make a great film.

This writer is sitting pensively in front of his computer, trying to figure out how he can actually focus on the reported millions of dollars that had been handed over to former South African President Jacob Zuma for safekeeping from Muammar Gaddafi, in the dying days of his one-man, despotic regime in Libya, just before the Arab Spring pushed him out - with a little help from some Nato friends and their warplanes. As the time ticks by and the coffee grows ever colder, the daydreams start to come along. Among them is a nearly hallucinogenic pitching session in which the dreaming writer has now been mysteriously transformed into a new iteration of Harry Zimm (the bizarre film producer of Get Shorty fame, played by Gene Hackman in the film).

The alter-Zimm addresses the other participants in his meeting, a group of people who look suspiciously...

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