May 30, 2019 | 9.30pm | Piazzale Ceccarini
DIG Festival 2019 preview: “The Panama Papers”
The true story of two journalists whose work set off an international firestorm by revealing how easily the wealthy hid billions of dollars offshore. With a contribution from the film director, Alex Winter.
DIG starts with a screening of “The Panama Papers”, a feature documentary that charts the story of the massive data leak that exposed the largest global corruption scandal in history.
Director Alex Winter will share his view on the film and the current state of investigative journalism.
To gather the ‘Panama Papers’, hundreds of journalists around the globe worked in secret, at great personal risk, to reveal a scandal involving corrupt power brokers, the uber rich, elected officials, dictators, cartel bosses, athletes and celebrities who had used the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to hide their money for any number of illegal reasons.
The reports detailed tax evasion, fraud, cronyism, bribing government officials, election meddling, and murder.
The investigation proved that the system is rigged, and cracked the vault of well-kept secrets and ill-gotten wealth, revealing vast and coordinated corruption among the world’s elite.
The significance for the average, tax paying, law-abiding citizen is enormous; with the leaks showing that at least $32 trillion was hiding in more than 80 tax havens in 2010 alone. But breaking the story was only the beginning. There was immediate blowback from many of the named and accused, who are using every tactic imaginable to silence the journalists.