A Malaysian wealth fund is looted of US$3.5 billion. With little to go on, dogged investigative reporters from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Hollywood Reporter retrace the dirty money, via real estate deals and movie financing including “The Wolf of Wall Street”, back to the top echelons of the Malaysian government.

Kleptocrats - Dogwoof Documentary

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Filmmaker: Sam Hobkinson & Havana Marking
Country: UK
Runtime: 84'
Year: 2018
Format: HD

 
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STORY

It is the world’s biggest white-collar heist involving government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power and international money laundering. A hot-shot financier embezzles US$3.5 billion from Malaysia's wealth fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad); money from the audacious scam flows into New York and Hollywood, where the thieves court A-list celebrities and even finance Leonardo DiCaprio’s passion project “The Wolf of Wall Street”. But investigative journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Hollywood Reporter trace the money trail and unravel the scheme, the US Department of Justice gets involved, the Prime Minister and his inner circle are implicated, assets are frozen, money is seized and the Malaysian people fight back.


PRESS

"Accessible, engaging to the point of jaw-dropping, it makes the most of a fascinating story and should find a welcome at festivals and beyond following its Doc NYC premiere." - Screen Daily

"Bombshell documentary" - Page Six

"Jaw-dropping irony" - Daily Beast


Credits

Director: Sam Hobkinson & Havana Marking

Executive Producer: Alex Soros, Louise Story, Mike Lerner, Anna Godas, Alex Helan, Andy Stewart

Producer: Mike Lerner

Cinematographer: Luciano Blotta, Phillip Stebbing

Editor: Peter Norrey, John Clohessy  

Music: Paul Moessl

Writer: Louise Story, Sam Hobkinson, Havana Marking


Festivals

DOC NYC 2018