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To the Dark Side: Investigative Documentary

18.02.2016 - Alex Gibney, Dorothee Wenner

Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentary director (Taxi to the Dark Side), has never shied away from a cover-up or a controversy. Known for tackling unsavory subjects obscured by power and corruption and shedding light on uncomfortable truths through sharp investigative strategies, Gibney has left a lasting mark on the genre. "I am interested in abuses of power and deception, and self-deception," proclaims Gibney, whose Zero Days, a doc about cyber-crime and internet surveillance, celebrates its world premiere in Competition. Taking time away from the red carpet, Gibney joins to discuss how he carefully dismantles his topics to unveil their complex inherent connections. What are the responsibilities of a documentarian to his sources, whose secrets at times must be alternately exposed and protected?


Alex Gibney

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US documentary director, who has won the Academy Award, the Emmy, the Grammy, the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, The Independent Spirit, and The Writers Guild of America Award, to name just a few. He won the Academy Award for TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and was nominated for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. His 2013 film for HBO, MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, won three Emmys and a Peabody Award. He also won an Emmy that year for Showtime’s THE HISTORY OF THE EAGLES. His latest film, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, premiered at Sundance in 2015 and has been nominated for 7 Emmy Awards alongside his two-part documentary about Frank Sinatra ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL.

Dorothee Wenner

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A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.