Anti-Corruption Film Festival in Panama 2016

Cinema and audiovisual media have undoubtedly become the most effective tool to raise awareness, report injustices, promote advocacy and to move the audience’s sensitivity, weaving bridges for small and large actions alike. Aware of this power, Transparency International has teamed up with ECOCINEMA and BRITDOC to produce FILMS FOR TRANSPARENCY – Anti-Corruption Film Festival in parallel to the 17th IACC.

With a carefully curated international program that is both critical, proactive, relevant and newsworthy, FILMS FOR TRANSPARENCY operates as a continuum to the issues tackled during the IACC, presenting proposals and experiences for the combat of corruption, and showcasing alternatives for a fairer, more equitable world while offering the audience the opportunity to dialogue with experts, directors and producers.

Through 16 screenings in our 3 venues and specialized round-tables at the Atlapa Convention Center, FILMS FOR TRANSPARENCY aims to open both eyes and hearts to what is going on in other countries and under our very noses.

All outdoor screenings are free of cost and open to general public, using ECOCINEMA sustainable technology.

Program & Film Catalogue

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH

OPENING CEREMONY

PLAZA CATEDRAL, CASCO ANTIGUO

19:00 – 20:00

Pre-screening Meet&Greet, Central Hotel Panamá

20:00 – 20:30

Blue carpet + opening ceremony

20:30 – 22:00

Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping

FREIGHTENED: THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING

DIRECTOR: Denis Delestrac

COUNTRY: FRANCE
LENGTH: 84 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: English / SUBTITLES: Spanish
SPECIAL GUEST: No

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      The Real Price of Shipping, reveals in an audacious investigation the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an all-but-visible industry that relentlessly supplies 7 billion humans and holds the key to our economy, our environment and the very model of our civilisation.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      FREIGHTENED – El precio real del transporte marítimo revela, en una audaz investigación, la mecánica y los peligros del transporte marítimo, una industria que, a pesar de ser poco conocida suministra a 7 mil millones de humanos y es la clave de nuestra economía, el medio ambiente y el modelo de nuestra civilización.

22:30 – 2:00 am

Opening Night Cocktail, Casa Amarilla

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH

18:30 Plaza Catedral @Ecocinema outdoor screening

7:19 Film

7:19

DIRECTOR: Jorge Michel Grau

COUNTRY: MEXICO
LENGTH: 92 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Fiction
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Jorge Michel Grau (director, Mexico)

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      At 7:19 a.m., on September 19th of 1985, the most destructive earthquake hit Mexico City. Inside what's left of a building, a group of survivors fight for their lives waiting for rescue, while upsetting revelations and social differences break through.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Martín y Fernando se encuentran en la recepción del edificio donde trabajan. De pronto, un terremoto los sepulta debajo de siete pisos de concreto y metal retorcido. Son las 7:19 am del 19 de septiembre de 1985. Martín y Fernando son de universos distintos, tendrán que reconciliar todas sus diferencias para poder sobrevivir juntos; ahora, más que nunca, tendrán que derribar las fronteras que los separan.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
17:30 – 19:30

7:19 Film

7:19

DIRECTOR: Jorge Michel Grau

COUNTRY: MEXICO
LENGTH: 92 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Fiction
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Jorge Michel Grau (director, Mexico)

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  • VIEW SYNOPSIS
    • SYNOPSIS ENGLISH
      At 7:19 a.m., on September 19th of 1985, the most destructive earthquake hit Mexico City. Inside what's left of a building, a group of survivors fight for their lives waiting for rescue, while upsetting revelations and social differences break through.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Martín y Fernando se encuentran en la recepción del edificio donde trabajan. De pronto, un terremoto los sepulta debajo de siete pisos de concreto y metal retorcido. Son las 7:19 am del 19 de septiembre de 1985. Martín y Fernando son de universos distintos, tendrán que reconciliar todas sus diferencias para poder sobrevivir juntos; ahora, más que nunca, tendrán que derribar las fronteras que los separan.

18:30 Plaza Catedral @Ecocinema outdoor screening

A LA DERIVA (ADRIFT) Film

A LA DERIVA (ADRIFT)

DIRECTOR: Miguel I. González

COUNTRY: Panamá
LENGTH: 70 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Miguel González (director, Panama)

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      In 2006, Panama’s health system by mistake manufactured and distributed over 200 thousand bottles of common cold medication with a substance called diethylene glycol, used in the automobile industry and that caused massive poisoning, deaths, and serious diseases. The case involves companies from China, Spain and Panama. A LA DERIVA (ADRIFT) portrays the lives of Iris, Milagros y Briseida, three women affected by this poison, both physically and emotionally. Through them we will know about diethylene glycol, about their personal conflicts, the waiting, the loneliness, and their yearning to be as they used to be.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      En el 2006, el sistema de salud de Panamá fabricó y distribuyó por error mas de 200 mil frascos de medicamentos para el resfriado común con una sustancia llamada dietilenglycol, utilizada en la industria automotriz. Esto provocó un envenenamiento masivo, muertes y graves enfermedades a nivel nacional. El caso involucra empresas de China, España y Panama. A LA DERIVA, es un retrato en la vida de Iris, Milagros y Briseida, tres mujeres que fueron afectadas a partir del veneno, tanto físico como emocionalmente. A través de ellas conoceremos el caso del dietilenglycol, sus conflictos personales, la espera, la soledad y el anhelo por ser las de antes.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
9:00 – 11:00

MANIFIESTO DE LA UTOPIA Film

MANIFIESTO DE LA UTOPÍA

DIRECTOR: Kim Munsamy

COUNTRY: Guatemala
LENGTH: 80 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUESTS: Kim Munsamy (director, South Africa/Guatemala), Sebastián Porras (producer, Guatemala), Manfredo Marroquín (producer, Acción Ciudadana, Guatemala)

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  • VIEW SYNOPSIS
    • SYNOPSIS ENGLISH
      Between April and September 2015, the Central Plaza of Guatemala City witnessed a series of mass demonstrations calling for the resignation and prosecution of the highest officials in government, after investigations became public that revealed the existence of corruption structures rooted in the Guatemalan state. As new cases came to light, people across the country joined the demand for justice. Manifesto of Utopia weaves diverse voices that, in the calm that comes after the storm, reflect on their experience during that crucial year in Guatemala and the prospects of a story that is far from over.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Entre abril y septiembre de 2015, la Plaza Central de la Ciudad de Guatemala fue testigo de una serie de manifestaciones masivas que pedían la renuncia y enjuiciamiento de los más altos funcionarios de gobierno, luego de que se hicieran públicas investigaciones que revelaban la existencia de estructuras de corrupción enraizadas en el Estado guatemalteco. A medida que nuevos casos salían a la luz, gente en todo el país se fue sumando a la demanda de justicia. Mientras tanto la plaza ha vuelto a la calma, silenciosa, expectante. Manifiesto de la utopía teje diversas voces que reflexionan sobre su experiencia durante ese año crucial en Guatemala y sobre las perspectivas de una historia que se encuentra lejos de concluir.

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
11:30 –13:30

Tempestad Film

TEMPESTAD

DIRECTOR: Tatiana Huezo

COUNTRY: Mexico
LENGTH: 104 min.
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Adela Alvarado (main character, Mexic0)

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      Two women, their voices echoing over the landscape and highways of Mexico from North to South, as they tell how official corruption and injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives, desires and dreams. An emotional and evocative journey, steeped not only in loss and pain, but also in love, dignity and resistance.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Dos mujeres, víctimas de la violencia y la impunidad en México. Miriam, encarcelada injustamente por el delito de tráfico de personas y Adela, trabajadora de un circo ambulante, cuentan su historia a través de un viaje.

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
16:30 – 18:30

The Opposition Film

THE OPPOSITION

DIRECTOR: Hollie Fifer

Introduced by Jess Search, BRITDOC
COUNTRY: Papua New Guinea
LENGTH: 77 min.
GENRE: Documentary
YEAR: 2016
LANGUAGE: English, Tok Pisin with english Subtitles
SPEAKERS: Lawrence Stephens (Transparency International PNG), Joe Moses (Paga Hill Community)

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    • Mothers Day, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 2012: 100 policemen wielding machetes and guns descend on the Paga Hill Settlement to bulldoze their houses to the ground. Residents are beaten, cut with machetes; the policemen open fire on the crowd. In the melle, Dame Carol Kidu and the Leader of the Opposition Government in Papua New Guinea, there protesting to protect the human rights of the community, is taken away by police. This brutal demolition is to make way for the new multi-million ‘master planned development’ which will include a five star hotel, marina wharf and executive residential apartments - ‘a new precedent in PNG’. The Opposition is an investigative documentary set in Papua New Guinea where Joe Moses struggles to save his 3,000 strong community before they are forcibly evicted. Despite betrayals, police brutality and risks to his own life, Joe battles through the courts for three years fighting the companies who want to take away his community’s home. As the struggle unfolds, Joe recruits a coalition of allies including Dame Carol Kidu, investigator Dr. Kristian Lasslett and a motivated team of pro-bono lawyers.

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
18:30 – 20:00

The Borneo Case Film

THE BORNEO CASE

DIRECTORS: Erik Pauser | Sweden

Introduced by Patrick Alley from Global Witness
COUNTRY: Sweden
LENGTH: 90 min.
GENRE: Documentary
YEAR: 2016
LANGUAGE: English
SPEAKERS: Patrick Alley (Global Witness), Clare Rewcastle Brown (Sarawak Report), Lena Hendry (KOMAS)

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    • The Borneo Case is a unique story filmed over 25 years and tells the epic tale of how the rainforest, home of the last nomads was stripped of its natural resources. It reveals how billions of dollars of illegal profits solicited by the Chief Minister of Sarawak State in Malaysia were money laundered with the assistance of the largest global banks into offshore accounts and property portfolios all over the world. The case was labelled as the largest environmental crime of the century.

18:30 Plaza Catedral @Ecocinema outdoor screening

Chicago Boys Film

CHICAGO BOYS

DIRECTOR: Carola Fuentes & Rafael Valdeavellano

COUNTRY: Chile
LENGTH: 85 min.
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Carola Fuentes (director, Chile)

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      The story of a group of Milton Friedman's disciples that, backed by a military dictatorship, turned Chile into the first and most extreme neoliberal country in the world.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      En plena Guerra Fría la Universidad de Chicago becó a un grupo de estudiantes chilenos para ir a estudiar economía bajo las enseñanzas de Milton Friedman. 20 años después, en plena dictadura, cambiaron el destino de Chile y lo convirtieron en el bastión del neoliberalismo en el mundo. Ésta es la historia de los Chicago Boys contada por ellos mismos.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
9:00 – 11:00

Chicago Boys Film

CHICAGO BOYS

DIRECTOR: Carola Fuentes & Rafael Valdeavellano

COUNTRY: Chile
LENGTH: 85 min.
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUEST: Carola Fuentes (director, Chile)

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    • SYNOPSIS ENGLISH
      The story of a group of Milton Friedman's disciples that, backed by a military dictatorship, turned Chile into the first and most extreme neoliberal country in the world.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      En plena Guerra Fría la Universidad de Chicago becó a un grupo de estudiantes chilenos para ir a estudiar economía bajo las enseñanzas de Milton Friedman. 20 años después, en plena dictadura, cambiaron el destino de Chile y lo convirtieron en el bastión del neoliberalismo en el mundo. Ésta es la historia de los Chicago Boys contada por ellos mismos.

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
11:30 – 13:30

Hooligan Sparrow Film

THE HOOLIGAN SPARROW

DIRECTOR: Nanfu Wang

COUNTRY: USA
GENRE: Documentary
LENGTH: 84 min.
YEAR: 2016
LANGUAGE: English, Mandarin
SPEAKERS: Barbara Trionfi, International Press Institute, Executive Director

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    • The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China, to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.

      Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla-style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights.

      Hooligan Sparrow is Nanfu Wang’s feature debut. It’s executive produced by Andy Cohen, Executive Producer for Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2012) and Alison Klayman, Director/Producer of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry; co-written by Mark Monroe, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and six time Sundance veteran: The Cove (Winner, Best Documentary 2010 Academy Awards & Best Documentary Script, W.G.A. 2010); with original score by Nathan Halpern, Rich Hill (Grand Jury Prize, 2015), and graphics by Garry Waller, Watchers of the Sky (Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2014).

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
18:00 – 20:00

Granito Film

GRANITO (How To Nail a Dictator)

DIRECTOR: Pamela Yates
PRODUCER: Paco de Onís, Skylight Pictures

Introduced by Manfredo Marroquín, (Accion Ciudadana)
COUNTRY: Guatemala, USA
LENGTH: 104 min.
YEAR: 2012
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish-English / SUBTITLES: English-Spanish
SPEAKERS: Manfredo Marroquín, (Acción Ciudadana), Paco De Onis (producer).

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      The extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      A veces una película hace historia, no sólo la documenta. Así ocurre con Granito, el asombroso nuevo documental de Pamela Yates. En parte thriller político, en parte memorias, Yates nos transporta atrás en el tiempo a través de un fascinante y evocador relato de un genocidio y vuelve al presente de la mano de unos personajes unidos por el destino y por la búsqueda para llevar a un dictador terrible ante la justicia.

18:30: Plaza de Francia @Ecocinema outdoor screening

EL ALCALDE (The Mayor) Film

EL ALCALDE (The Mayor)

DIRECTOR: Carlos Rossini & Emiliano Altuna

COUNTRY: Mexico
LENGTH: 80 min.
YEAR: 2012
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUESTS: CARLOS ROSSINI, director, Mexico

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      The Mayor offers an intimate understanding of the current situation in Mexico from a side of the spectrum rarely accessed: someone in a position of power. Fearless, and surprisingly affable, Fernández has no qualms about how he gets his job done, nor do his residents seem to mind. Since his election, crime rates, though still high, are down.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Mauricio Fernández es el polémico alcalde de San Pedro Garza García, el municipio más rico y seguro de América Latina. Un personaje que se presenta a sí mismo como una figura capaz de mantener su municipio “limpio” de la presencia de los cárteles de la droga sin importar los métodos para conseguirlo. “El Alcalde” describe una etapa salvaje de un país marcado por la violencia y el desprestigio de la clase gobernante.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
10:00 – 12:00

EL ALCALDE (The Mayor) Film

EL ALCALDE (The Mayor)

DIRECTOR: Carlos Rossini & Emiliano Altuna

COUNTRY: Mexico
LENGTH: 80 min.
YEAR: 2012
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUESTS: CARLOS ROSSINI, director, Mexico

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  • VIEW SYNOPSIS
    • SYNOPSIS ENGLISH
      The Mayor offers an intimate understanding of the current situation in Mexico from a side of the spectrum rarely accessed: someone in a position of power. Fearless, and surprisingly affable, Fernández has no qualms about how he gets his job done, nor do his residents seem to mind. Since his election, crime rates, though still high, are down.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Mauricio Fernández es el polémico alcalde de San Pedro Garza García, el municipio más rico y seguro de América Latina. Un personaje que se presenta a sí mismo como una figura capaz de mantener su municipio “limpio” de la presencia de los cárteles de la droga sin importar los métodos para conseguirlo. “El Alcalde” describe una etapa salvaje de un país marcado por la violencia y el desprestigio de la clase gobernante.

La Huaca, Atlapa @IACC
12:30 – 14:30

Shadow World Film

SHADOW WORLD


Introduced by Amira El-Sayed (Transparency International)
GENRE: Documentary
LENGTH: 94 min.
YEAR: 2016
LANGUAGE: English
SPEAKERS: Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden (Corruption Watch), Amira El-Sayed (Transparency International)

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    • SHADOW WORLD is a cinematic documentary that reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade - the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. Directed by artist/filmmaker Johan Grimonprez (dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y), the film is in part based on the acclaimed book "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," by Corruption Watch-UK founder Andrew Feinstein.

18:30: Plaza Catedral @Ecocinema outdoor screening

Daughter Of The Lake.jpg Film

HIJA DE LA LAGUNA (Daughter Of The Lake)

DIRECTOR: Ernesto Cabellos

COUNTRY: Peru
LENGTH: 87 min.
YEAR: 2015
GENRE: Documentary
LANGUAGE: Spanish / SUBTITLES: English
SPECIAL GUESTS: NO

SCREENING: Sunday, December 4th, 18:30: Parque Omar Torrijos @ECOCINEMA outdoor screening

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      At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.

      SINOPSIS ESPAÑOL
      Nélida, una mujer en los Andes que habla con los espíritus del agua, emplea sus facultades para enfrentarse a una minera que amenaza destruir la laguna que ella considera su madre. Justo debajo de las lagunas de Nélida, yace un rico depósito de oro que enfrenta a los campesinos que temen quedarse sin agua con la minera de oro más grande de Sudamérica.

Outdoor [email protected]
20:00 – 22:00

CONCERT

Winners of the Fair Play Anti-Corruption Music Competition.

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