When the Panama Papers were first released in 2016, with millions of documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca showing how the world’s wealthiest use and abuse tax havens to hide their money, the documents revealed a previously unseen world of financial secrecy and tax fraud.
The release of the documents helped topple leaders in Iceland and Pakistan, with implications reaching dictators like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. And the fallout continues to this day: on Tuesday, the U.S. government indicted four men tied to Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the heart of the leak.
But the revelations didn’t necessarily make for great visuals — nor, of course, do issues like tax policy and company formation.
Enter Alex Winter. The renowned director, whose films have explored topics like bitcoin and Donald Trump’s election, saw the makings of a feature-length documentary in the leak. (Netflix apparently had a