What do you do if your bank account suddenly gets closed and you and your business can no longer function and you have no idea why? You discover it is because you are on a database that you did not even know existed, saying that you have links with "terrorism" and therefore few banks will deal with you. This happened to two organisations in London which were listed on a database used by the banking system to combat money laundering and other financial crimes. They both resorted to legal action, their cases were settled out of court and they were paid damages but they still suffered disruption and reputational damage. This film examines these databases - how they gather information, how it is used and what human impact they can have.
End of the Road: "How Money Became Worthless" Documentary chronicles the global financial collapse. Told in an entertaining and easy to follow style, the film tells the story of how the world came to be in such a state, from the seeds sown after WW2, to the current troubles facing us today, and to the possible future that may await us all. Also asks influential members of the finance and investment communities for their predictions on the world’s financial future. In 2008 the world experienced financial turmoil. Markets crashed, stocks plummeted, and financial institutions thought to be invincible, collapsed. Wall Street is being occupied. Europe is collapsing in on itself. Around the world, people are consumed by fear and anger, and one question is on everyone’s lips: Was the financial crisis solved or were the problems merely kicked down the road?
25 Million Pounds Documentary details the collapse of Barings Bank in the mid 1990s primarily by a broker called Nick Leeson, who lost $1.3 billion by speculating on futures contracts. The film contextualizes the downfall as the history of Barings Bank was one of the oldest and most prestigious merchant banks in Britain, run by the same family for decades with extensive ties to Britain's elites. But in the late 19th century Barings almost went bankrupt after investing heavily in South American bonds, including backing the construction of a sewer system in Buenos Aires. The bank was saved by The Bank of England, but Edward Baring, the head of the bank, was financially ruined and never recovered. This film explores the culture of Barings and of the financial markets during the 1990s, and how Nick Leeson was able to cause another huge loss of money to the bank, this time bankrupting the company. He did this by claiming fictitious profits on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange and using money requested from London as margin payments on fictitious trades to finance his loss-making positions. It's also the profile of a stereotypical corporate psychopath, as Leeson himself explains how he was able to manipulate those around him to achieve his ends and rationalize his actions.
Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary is a film by HBO who have managed to gain unprecedented access to Buffett’s day to day personal life, it tell the improbable tale of how a somewhat troublesome young man was able to channel his ambitions and become one of the richest men in the world, admired by fellow billionaires, politicians and your everyday working man. The film features interviews with Buffett's family members, friends, and business colleagues whose comments complete the circle of his complicated narrative. The centerpiece of the film, however, is a revealing conversation with the man himself. Buffet is never less than candid, and expresses appreciation for those who empowered him to succeed in his personal and business-related pursuits. In his plain-spoken, humble and folksy manner, he sheds light on what it takes to achieve and maintain wealth in all aspects of life. We share in his joy when he reflects on the great luck of meeting his wife and buying his first home, and the commitment he feels towards the cause of philanthropy. In fact, Buffett has committed the vast majority of his fortune to charitable organizations, and urges other billionaires to do the same. Becoming Warren Buffett is a moving and relatable portrait of one of the world's most fascinating and influential figures.
After the financial meltdown of 2008 it's time to see what we can learn from other systems across the globe. In Malaysia, the international hub for Islamic finance, a new generation of young bankers has found an answer in Islamic banking, which is based on the laws of the Sharia. Surprisingly enough, in this new venue female bankers are leading the way. "Women of Islamic Banking" features four high potential female bankers in Kuala Lumpur and Bahrein.