BBFC RatingDocs Ireland: The Panama Papers

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CertificateNot Rated
DirectorAlex Winter
Running Time1HR 36MINS
Extra InfoRecommended Age: 15
SeasonDocs Ireland

A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.

Journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) 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 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 - framing tax evasion as one of the key problems modern society faces, affecting everything else.

Narrated by Elijah Wood. We will be joined by journalist Colm Keena (Irish Times) who worked on the Panama Papers, as well as controversies concerning company and personal tax avoidance and evasion. His story about payments to an incumbent Irish Taoiseach in 2006, caused a political crisis and led to landmark Supreme Court judgement in 2009 recognising the right of journalists to protect their sources.