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MIPTV Picks 2014: The End of Bank Secrecy

In August of 2009, the Swiss government handed over to the U.S. Congress the names of 4,500 American tax evaders who had been using offshore bank accounts. This documentary brings together lawyers, bankers and politicians who were immersed in the scandal as it happened to reveal how the world woke up to the costly realities of tax fraud.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Nilaya Productions for France Télévisions; distributed by ZED
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Premiered: 2013 (France)
Rights available: Worldwide

In August of 2009, the Swiss government handed over to the U.S. Congress the names of 4,500 American tax evaders who had been using offshore bank accounts. After UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld told the IRS how the bank came to the U.S. to entice its rich to use its asset management services to the tune of some US$20 billion, the veil of secrecy surrounding the long-time tax haven was blown off. This documentary brings together lawyers, bankers and politicians who were immersed in the scandal as it happened to reveal how the world woke up to the costly realities of tax fraud.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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