ADMISSION: Festival Pass / $10 General / $8 Members
Dir. Ryan Mullins
2014, Canada, 78 min
Defending a free press is a fundamental pillar of a strong democracy. In Ghana, corruption and legal loopholes undermine the nation’s progress, but one investigative journalist has made it his mission to hold power to account. Anas Aremeyaw Anas works on three basic principles: naming, shaming and jailing. His undercover disguises and unorthodox detective methods have earned him a James Bond–like reputation as a people’s hero, yet his face remains unknown. Collaborating with local law authorities, his stories appear in print and TV, earning him both admirers and those critical of his practices. It becomes clear that he is equally driven to both pursue perpetrators and capture sensational video footage in the process. In this modern spy thriller, filmmaker Ryan Mullins follows Anas hot on the heels of his latest case as he infiltrates a religious sect in an isolated village hoping to expose human trafficking, all the while keeping his identity a mystery.
– Alexander Rogalski, Hot Docs
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