Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Q&A at 7:00pm will include: Christiaan Triebert (film subject and journalist, Visual Investigations at The New York Times), Emma Daly (Communications Director, Humans Rights Watch), Jay Rosen (film subject, NYU professor of journalism and writer of, Femke Wolting (producer), and Priyanka Motaparthy (Acting Emergencies Director, Human Rights Watch).


BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, dedicated to redefining breaking news by exploring the promise of open source investigation. This highly skilled and controversial collective exposes the truth behind global news stories – from identifying the exact location of an Islamic State murder through analysis of a video distributed on YouTube, to tracking the story behind the mysterious poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK – Bellingcat hunts down answers using social media, reconstruction techniques, and audio analysis. From his home in the English countryside, de facto leader Eliot Higgins and his team of volunteer truth-seekers put newspapers, networks and governments to the test, shedding light on the fight for journalistic integrity in the era of fake news and alternative facts.


“In citizen journalism… trust is generated not by the brand name or the glory of the institution, it’s generated through transparency.” – Jay Rosen, film subject

In English, Dutch, and German with English subtitles.


Screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019.

Courtesy of Submarine Amsterdam.

  • Country The Netherlands
  • Language In English, Dutch, and German with English subtitles.
  • Year 2018
  • Running Time 88 minutes
  • Distributor TBD
  • Director Hans Pool

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