Behind the Headlines

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Crime & the Justice System
European Cultures & Issues
Media & Journalism
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Daniel Andreas Sager
Producer(s):Marc Bauder
Editor(s):Hannes Bruun
Writer(s):Marc Bauder
Daniel Andreas Sager
Cinematography:Börres Weiffenbach


Two years after exposing the Panama Papers, journalists at Germany's largest daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung are probing a new slate of equally alarming cases. For the first time in its history, cameras are allowed into its world-renowned investigative unit to share the perilous work its reporters undertake in pursuit of truth. The political assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is personal, as she was both an integral colleague in their Panama Paper exposé and a close friend. Inquiries into the car bomb that killed her directly implicate Maltese government officials, forcing some journalists to face the very real risk of their work for the first time. When they receive a secret video involving Austria's Vice-Chancellor, tense verité reveals the painstaking legalities and unflinching nerve required to break yet another history-changing story. Behind the Headlines is a grippingly personal look at the complex forces exerted on democracy's fourth estate. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with EU Toronto FF

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