The Panama Papers were a massive global conspiracy.
“It was the biggest data leak so far that we’ve had and it was the largest coordinated act of journalism in history, and what it revealed was all of the data for a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca, that had offices all over the world, and they were helping to construct extremely complex mechanisms for people to hide their money,” Alex Winter, a writer and director of the documentary about the papers, explained.
After the documents were leaked, the Prime Minister of Iceland, David Cameron, and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, among others, all faced major repercussions. Putin was also implicated after it was revealed that he had been hiding billions of dollars. Trump was also mentioned more than 3,000 times in the papers.
“The thing that motivated me to make the doc was that I had never seen so many journalists around the world working together on one story and in secret,” Winter said. “The journalists were in danger of their lives. One of them did get killed. I really wanted to focus on the heroism of these journalists.”
Winter said he also wanted to emphasize how many people the scandal affected and how the actions of a powerful few came down to bear on the 99%.