Thursday, November 22, 2018

Chasing corruption in 'The Panama Papers"

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Chasing corruption in 'The Panama Papers"

When a story is so big that one outlet cannot do it alone, journalists collaborate. In his new documentary "The Panama Papers," director Alex Winter tackled the making of one gigantic story, with data shared and a single deadline respected by more than 100 newsrooms worldwide. 

"In this case, specifically, I was interested in the internal story of these hundreds of journalists working together,” Winter told me. “This is, at the end of the day, about people rather than subjects or journalism."

The film, which begins on Monday on EPIX, shows how that selflessness and united sense of mission allowed a broad group of journalists to break down the leak of a massive database showing secret offshore funds by corrupt government officials around the globe. The accounts were handled in Panama, hence the name; the reporting effort came under the umbrella of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

"It really was a global, communal story — sharing leads from all over the world, like a hive mind," Winter said. “At the risk of ticking off other news outlets, the ICIJ saw an opportunity where other people saw something they didn’t want to cover, or didn’t want to collaborate on.”
Halfway through the shooting of "The Panama Papers," one of the journalists investigating the corruption, Malta's Daphne Caruana Galizia, was assassinated in a car bombing. Other journalists took up her work.

Winter, best known as an actor in his youth for the "Bill and Ted" films with Keanu Reeves and "The Lost Boys," has been producing documentaries the past few years, with the acclaimed "Deep Web" in 2015 and his upcoming work on the first authorized documentary biography of Frank Zappa. An executive producer of Winter's "Panama" film is Laura Poitras, whose "CitizenFour" on Edward Snowden won an Oscar

Winter said the underdog quality of the journalists, up against some of the richest and most powerful people in the world, appealed to him. At least three government leaders resigned after the reports, which prompted protests worldwide and led to financial reforms.

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