How to Steal a Country

    • Rehad Desai
    • South Africa
    • 2019
    • 87 min
    • World Premiere
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    When a group of investigative journalists discovered far-reaching corruption involving Jacob Zuma, then President of South Africa, a pernicious disinformation campaign was mounted against the integrity of the newsroom. Then one day the journalists receive the smoking gun—a huge data leak that lays bare the entire modus operandi behind the capture of the South African state by private individuals with the help of politicians.

    Thanks to their good friend Zuma, members of the Indian Gupta family were able to use the proceeds of an entire nation for their own gain, acquiring holdings in coal mines, media and IT companies, and even government positions. When a Judicial Commission of Inquiry is finally installed, Zuma also comes to testify. His defense: it’s all lies and fake news.

    In interviews, investigative journalists express their concerns about the global drift towards ever-increasing entanglement between business and government, and the polarization it brings: presidents and multinationals live unassailably in their own bubble. As a journalist, all you can do is make life in the bubble a little less comfortable. Is there still room for justice in South Africa’s hard-won fledgling democracy?

    Credits

    • 87 min
    • DCP
    Director
    Rehad Desai
    Co-director
    Mark Kaplan
    Production
    Rehad Desai / Uhuru Pictures, Zivia Desai Keiper for Curveball Productions Pty Ltd, Anita Khanna / Uhuru Productions
    Executive producer
    Michael Auret, Mike Lerner, Geert Veuskens
    Co-production
    Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions GmbH, Hummelfilm, Storyhouse, Faction North
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