Who can we still believe? In an age when governments spread fake news to cause confusion and uncertainty, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the truth. While the major news organizations are still checking the facts using their own established sources, clever internet users are discovering that there are also smarter and more accurate ways to do it yourself. Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows an international team of citizen investigative journalists who are using their knowledge of social media, reconstruction techniques and audio analysis to conduct in-depth research.
The mission of citizen journalist collective Bellingcat is to reveal the truth. On the MH17 plane crash, for example, using Google Earth, dashcam footage and Facebook profiles. Or on atrocities in Syria, by scrutinizing videos for authenticity and then storing them in a huge database for possible future prosecutions. Director Hans Pool explains everything with clarity in interviews brimming with fascinating topical examples. Even the most important organizations and authorities can’t match the ingenuity of a small group of volunteers.
- Time: 88 min
- Director: Hans Pool
- Production: Femke Wolting / Submarine, Bruno Felix / Submarine
- Cinematography: Hans Pool
- Editing: Simon Barker
- Sound: Pepijn Aben
Anita van Hoof is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Anita studied Communication Science and obtained her PhD at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. In her dissertation she investigated the quality of newspapers (Kranten met karakter). Her research focuses on journalism, news production and the impact of news on public opinion. Current research topics focus on the impact of news on public debates as the refugee crisis, the ‘zwartepietendebat’ and #metoo. She has published in major communication journals as – among others – the Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Press/Politics, the European Journal of Communication. With other colleagues from the department of Communication at the Vrije Universitieit (prof. dr. Jan Kleinnijenhuis, dr. Wouter van Atteveldt, dr. Dirk Oegema) she published a series of books for the general public on the impact of news on the vote decision (i.e. De puinhopen van paars, Nederland Vijfstromenland).
Hans Pool (The Netherlands, 1962) is an award-winning director and cinematographer, who combines a journalistic approach with intellectual depth. He masterfully conveys topics that are difficult to grasp with a cinematic language that is understood by all. Previous films includes Putin’s Olympic Dream and Looking for an Icon.