Film Festival on Whistleblowers – 12th-13th November in Brussels, Botanique


À Contre-Courant (ACC), ZIN-TV, Libération Films asbl, the Solidarity Community (Αλληλέγγυα Κοινότητα) and the Member of the European Parliament Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) cordially invite you to attend:


Film Festival




Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November 2016

Cultural center Le Botanique

Rue Royale, 236

1210 Bruxelles


With the participation of: Raphaël Halet (LuxLeaks whistleblower), Eric Ben Artzi (Deutsche Bank whistleblower), Rudolf Elmer (Julius Bär Bank whistleblower), Stelios Kouloglou (producer and Member of European Parliament) as well as other experts.

Price: 5 euros per movie, 10 euros daily pass, 20 for the whole festival

The festival is part of a broader initiative to support whistleblowers. The European Left GUE/NGL under the initiative of MEP Stelios Kouloglou is organizing a conference on how to protect whistleblowers «Whistleblower protection: What must be done?» at the European Parliament, November 15, 9:00 am. (Room: ASP 1G2)




Saturday 12 November


13hoo Festival opening


14h00 “A leak in Paradise”

by David Leloup – Belgium, 2016 documentary, 1h17 min, English version sub. FR

 The life of Rudolf Elmer, former banker and whistleblower in Switzerland. Harassments, exils and persecutions. All that you want to know on fiscal evasion.


15H25  Debate with Verónica Grondona Argentinian expert on Panama Papers


16:15 “Whistleblowers, the modern heroes”

by Stelios Kouloglou – Greece, 2005 documentary, 1h02 min. English version sub FR

The American Daniel Ellsberg who shed light upon the “Pentagons Papers” is the most wanted man on the world. Mordechai Vanunu who revealed the Israeli nuclear plan is abducted by secret services. The whistleblowers on Iraq’s invasion are threatened and punished.


17H20 Debate with the producer and Member of European Parliament Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL, Syriza)


17:50 “A Good American”

by Friedrich Moser – Austria, 2015 documentary, 1h50 min. English version sub FR

With the revolutionary program of Bill Binney, we could have prevented 9/11. Unfortunately, his program was canceled three weeks before the attacks.


19H4Debate with the producer and Member of European Parliament Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL, Syriza)


20:30 “The Insider”

by Michael Mann – USA, 1999 fiction 2h00min. English version sub FR

Inspired by the story of Jeffrey Wigand, former director of the Department of Research and Development of a big American tobacco company. The journalist Lowell Bergan assisted by Jeffrey Wigant will reveal the biggest tobacco scandal in the US.


 Sunday 13 November

13h00 “Citizenfour» 

by Laura Poitras – USA, 2014 documentary, 1h54 min. English version sub FR

Edward Snowden’s disclosures on the extent of government networks surveillance globally. Oscar for best documentary in 2015.


15H10 Debate with the whistleblower Eric Ben Artzi, on Deutsche Bank



by Werner Schweizer – Suisse, 2016 documentary, 1h42 min. English version sub FR

Rudolph Elmer, senior executive of the Julius Bär Bank is persecuted all to  the Cayman Islands for having violated the Swiss bank secrecy. He mentions the mechanisms of offshore banking.


17H50 Debate with the whistleblower Rudolf Elmer, on Julius Bär Bank


18H15 “Dans la peau d’un lanceur d’alerte”

by Benoît Bringer and production Premières Lignes. France, 2016 documentary 1H00 min. French version

The tormented life of Raphaël Halet. Oppression, isolation and blackmail against the LuxLeaks whistleblower, the biggest financial scandal in Europe.


19H20 Debate with the LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphaël Halet and the journalist Benoît Bringer


20h00 Erin Brockovich

by Steven Soderbergh – USA, 2000 fiction 2H10 min. English version sub FR

Inspired by a true story. Erin Brockovich discovers a suspicious poisoning case in her lawyer’s office and decides to reveal it.


22h30 Closing


Further information on the film festival here

Further information on the conference «Whistleblower protection: What must be done?» here



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