The KleptocratsSam Hobkinson & Havana Marking
The story of the biggest scam ever has all the ingredients of an exciting film scenario. A top financier obscures 3.5 billion dollars from '1MDB', a Malaysian fund that is entirely in the hands of the Minister of Finance. Investigative journalists from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Hollywood Reporter take an interest in the investigation and trace the money trail that - ironically - leads to the funding of the blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street.
The world's largest scam is a story about corruption at the highest level, abuse of power and international money laundering. A hot shot financier obscures 3.5 billion US dollars from a Malaysian fund. The money from this bold scam follows a lot of winding roads and flows to New York and Hollywood. The thieves visit several A-list celebrities and ultimately finance Leonardo DiCarpio's passion project The Wolf of Wall Street. Investigative journalists from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Hollywood Reporter follow the money trail like true detectives and unravel the cunning intrigues. The US Department of Justice is involved, just like the Malaysian Prime Minister and his entourage. Assets are frozen and money is seized while the duped Malaysian population fights back. An impressive account of crime and corruption and how much a few driven journalists can dig up.
Directed by Sam Hobkinson & Havana Marking
2018 84 min.
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