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Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

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Netherlands · 2018
1h 28m
Director Hans Pool
Starring Eliot Higgins, Christiaan Triebert
Genre Documentary

The Bellingcat Method explores the promise of open-source investigation. For the first time, we are allowed into Bellingcat's worldwide online society. By following the members in their quest for truth, the filmmaker examines the fundamentals of journalistic integrity, which have been heavily scrutinized in our modern times of fake news and alternative facts.

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Film Threat by Alan Ng

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World is a highly engaging and fascinating documentary that questions the validity of the “truth” being presented to us on television, in news stories, and through social media. The facts presented are convincing, and the investigation of MH17 plays out like a crime thriller.


The Hollywood Reporter by Beandrea July

It’s the pairing of Bellingcat’s story of citizen journalism with the larger story of the state of media and its relationship to democracy that makes this documentary stand out. It’s frankly a relief to hear someone explain how we got here, how the culture of “fake news” came to rule the day, and then provide a clear example of how one group of people is standing up against it.


The Playlist by Christian Gallichio

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World is a slick documentary that presents a compelling argument about the problems presented with institutionalized journalism, yet it somewhat fails to present the full picture. Nevertheless, it’s a documentary worth seeking out, suggesting the possibility of amateur investigators with the possibility to change the course of global events.


Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s exciting, cloak-and-dagger stuff, no less exciting (or valid) for having been done from someone’s armchair at home. Pool pulls some cheap shots by cutting to Putin, Trump, and Kim Jong-un whenever he needs to personify who they’re up against. But in a world where those three are leading the charge to break the news, Bellingcat are doing their best to put it together again.

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