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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Bellingcat, Truth in a Post-Truth World (2019 Feature Film)

Hans Pool | Netherlands | 2018 | doc | color | DCP | 88' | English | d.s.

In a complex world in which we are inundated with fake news, it is hard to decide which media and government bodies we can actually trust. In this documentary about international investigative collective Bellingcat, we meet various passionate amateurs who conduct intensive digital research on our behalf to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Sceptics may consider them a bunch of amateurs, but the – mainly male – members of the Bellingcat research collective that operates internationally, take their self-imposed  tasks extremely seriously. In a world in which fake and real news are hard to tell apart, they tease out the truth from online data. What was Russia’s role in the 2014 MH17 disaster? Who was responsible for which bombing raid in Syria?

In this insightful documentary, Hans Pool follows and portrays a number of researchers during their work. Starting with the organization’s British founder who, just like his colleagues spread throughout Europe, uses sources ranging from social media to Google Earth to provide detailed reports on the cases investigated. The documentary uses the director’s footage as well as online video to factually support the cases discussed. These online investigations are extreme painstaking. Bellingcat’s research offers hope in times of uncertain news, but we see that the collective’s work is not without its dangers.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 15:45

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 19:30

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 10:45

Duration: 1:05

Year in Festival
2019
Director
Hans Pool
Camera
Hans Pool
Country
Netherlands
Editor
Simon Barker
Language
English
Length
88'
Music
Binkbeats
Producer
Femke Wolting
Production Company
Submarine
Scenario
Hans Pool
Year of Production
2018
Hans Pool

 

After studying Dutch at university, Hans POOL (1962, Netherlands) opted to attend the audiovisual design study program at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague specializing in camera and directing. He has worked as a cameraman, TV director and documentary maker since 1992. His films include Van Dis in Afrika (2008), which won the Zilveren Nipkowschijf [Dutch prize].

Filmography

(selection) Van Dis in Afrika (2000-2009, doc series), Van Moskou tot Magadan (2000-2009, doc series), Vensters op Vermeer – 10 korte verhalen (2009, doc, co-dir), Nederwiet/Dutch Weed (2010, doc, co-dir), Van Moskou tot Moermansk (2010-2019, doc series), De jacht op de match (2017, doc), Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World (2018, doc)