‘The Anthrax Attacks’ starring Tongayi Chirisa is a new Netflix Documentary about mail bioterrorism attacks that grappled the FBI after 9/11

Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa plays Agent Shaw in Netflix's The Anthrax Attacks Documentary

The Netflix documentary The Anthrax Attacks starring Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa revisits the FBI’s investigation of the late Dr. Bruce Ivins, who was allegedly behind the mail bioterrorism attacks following the events of September 11, 2001. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Clark Gregg portrays Ivins in the film’s reenactments, which are based on Ivins’ emails and FBI field notes.

A week after 9/11, letters containing deadly anthrax spores were mailed to several prominent targets across the United States. The perpetrator’s cryptic notes created panic and outrage against the wrong targets, especially after the FBI initially directed its suspicions toward al-Qaida. 

The new documentary The Anthrax Attacks explores the 2001 crimes and the subsequent large-scale FBI investigation that lasted nearly a decade.

Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa plays Agent Shaw in Netflix's The Anthrax Attacks Documentary
Tongayi Chirisa as Agent Shaw 

The Anthrax Attacks was released on September 8 2022 and is now streaming on Netflix. Tongayi Chirisa plays FBI agent Shaw who and his colleagues began the investigation worried this was a second wave of the terrorist attacks that begin with 9/11 and that more letters would arrive as the weeks went on. After initially eliminating Ivins as a suspect, the FBI worked closely with him to help find the culprit.

The Anthrax Attacks features archival news footage and documentation of letters sent around the country from a mailbox in New Jersey, arriving elsewhere in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

This documentary is from Oscar-nominated director Dan Krauss and BBC Studios Production.

Check out the official trailer below.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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