Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium
Schedule of Events:
3:30 p.m A Leak In Paradise
DIR David LeLoup.DC Premiere. 76 Min. 2016
A Leak In Paradise follows Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer, a former banking executive who first leaked highly secretive banking data to WikiLeaks, unleashing a torrent of investigative reporting on the vast sums hidden away in secret bank accounts and tax havens across the globe.
6:00 p.m. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the spirit of I.F. Stone
Dir. Fred Peabody. DC Premiere. 91 Min. 2016
I.F. Stone was a legend in investigative reporting. Operating from the assumption that “all governments lie,” Stone combed through the government’s own records to expose falsehood surrounding some of the biggest stories of his generation from the 1950s through the 1970s. This film follows adversarial journalists who operate in Stone’s spirit–Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi–and whose critical, investigative reporting provides alternatives to mainstream news outlets.
8:30 p.m. Betting On Zero
DIR Ted Braun. DC Premiere. 96 Min. 2016
Can Wall Street be used as a force for morality? Ted Braun’s (Darfur Now) riveting financial docu-thriller Betting On Zero follows a to-the-death battle driven by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who is on a crusade to bring down Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company whose business model he believes, is built on a vast pyramid scheme. While Ackman accuses the company of targeting working class Latino communities with a ‘business opportunity’ that is nothing more than a sham, Herbalife execs in turn accuse Ackman of attempting to bankrupt them solely in order to make a killing off his billion dollar short position against the company.
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