The Panama Papers

  • Alex Winter
  • United States, United Kingdom
  • 2018
  • 100 min
  • International Premiere
  • Frontlight
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Prime ministers, presidents, soccer players, sheiks and emirs became embroiled in scandal at the beginning of 2016 as a result of revelations from the Panama Papers, leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The affair cost heads of government their jobs.

In this documentary, editors from the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung tell the story of how the affair started a year earlier when an anonymous whistle-blower offered them a vast quantity of secret data on large-scale tax evasion. Realizing the extent of the incriminating evidence, they decided to call in the help of hundreds of investigative journalists from more than 100 media organizations all over the world to delve into the data.

It was a daunting task, and not without danger: the people implicated were powerful and had few scruples. There was also the additional challenge of maintaining the secrecy of a project that had so many people working on it. The revelations had far-reaching consequences, and not only for the people mentioned in the documents. Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed corruption in Malta based on information from the Panama Papers, was murdered in 2017.

Credits

  • 100 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Icelandic
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Alex Winter
Production
Alex Winter for Trouper Productions, Glen Zipper / Zipper Bros Films, Robert Friedman / Bungalow Media + Entertainment
Executive producer
Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision, Laura Poitras for Field of Vision, Robert Halmi for Great Point Media, Jim Reeve for Great Point Media, Liz Yale Marsh for Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Mike Powers for Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Jill Burkhart for EPIX
Cinematography
EJ Enriquez
Editing
Weston Cadwell
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2018
International Premiere
Frontlight

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