MIFF: Breakout Documentary "Influence" Books Additional Press Screening

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After overwhelmingly demand, the Moscow International Film Festival announced the South African documentary "Influence" from Directors Diana Neill and Richard Poplak has booked a second press screening on October 7 at 12:30 in the Cinema Center.

Attending press can book the screening through the MIFF portal. "Influence" will be screened on October 7 at 12:30 in the Cinema Center "October" (hall 6).


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The film is included in the program of the Documentary Film Competition.

The synopsis: Spin doctor - this is the name of political strategists who try to minimize the consequences of getting on the air of negative information about their clients. This is a film about one of the experts in this field, Lord Tim Bell. Bell, who started out in advertising, always had a penchant for "people with problems," as he called them.


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Acting assertively and violently, he designed and run public relations campaigns for unpopular politicians, dictators, and unprincipled corporations. Using archival material, interviews with Bell and his colleagues and opponents, Diana Neill and Richard Poplak present an impressive study of the politicization of modern media.


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Diana Neill was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Director, journalist. She lived in Germany for some time, in 2011 she received a master's degree in journalism and documentary cinema from Columbia University. She created two media startups with the intention of continuing to pursue major investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking.


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Richard Poplak is one of the most controversial journalists in South Africa. He started working as a writer and journalist in 2005. Previously studied directing and painting at the University of Montreal (1992-1995), was a producer and director of music videos, commercials, and documentaries. He has reported from more than 30 developing countries and was part of the Global Shining Light award-winning investigative journalism team.

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