Inside Lehman Brothers


TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 9:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Apr 28, 2019 1:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Fri, May 3, 2019 6:15 PM
OC (feature only)
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:America
Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & Justice
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jennifer Deschamps
Producer(s):Ina Fichman
Frederick Lacroix
Editor(s):Myriam Milent
Lessandro Socrates
Writer(s):John Turner
Jennifer Deschamps
Cinematography:Pierre Taillez
Composer:Medhat Hanbali


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Over 10 years after losing her job as an account executive for a Lehman Brothers subsidiary, Sylvia Vega-Sutfin still lives in fear of her former employer—so much fear that she has taught herself to take a human life with her bare hands. Sylvia saw early warning signs of the dangers of subprime mortgages and tried to ring the alarm. Instead of being heard, she was subjected to harassment when she tried to expose the bank's corrupt lending practices. This film chronicles the fascinating story of the mostly female whistleblowers who paid a steep price in the 2008 American subprime mortgage crisis, while many of the top-positioned men remained untouched. Although today the banks have recuperated and are back to business as usual, Inside Lehman Brothers is the cautionary tale we need to drive home how easily bad habits return and how far-reaching the damage can be. Aisha Jamal

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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Additional Information

  • POV - "Investigating Lehman Brothers: An interview with Jennifer Deschamps"