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A Liar Not a Failure

   2023    History
This TV series delves into the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, the man behind the largest fraud in US history. With his Ponzi scheme, Madoff bilked $65 billion from unsuspecting victims, marking one of the greatest cons in the history of investment banking. The series offers an intriguing look into the mind of this monumental swindler.
In the first episode we will see how Bernie Madoff starts his career in penny stock trades and builds a lucrative side business as an adviser, attracting clients with impressive returns.
Series: Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street

Do not Ask Do not Tell

   2023    History
In the second episode, we see the stark differences between the modern and pristine operation on the 19th floor of the Lipstick Building and what was transpiring on the relic and shopworn 17th floor, where Madoff was running his investment advisory business and where most of the fraud was orchestrated, and from where Madoff's empire branched into the hedge fund business, which began drawing unwanted scrutiny.
In his disposition, Madoff confirms the names of four significant investors, including Jeffry Picower, a shadowy and long-time client, dating back 30 years. Although Madoff never confronted Picower or discussed the matter with him, it was suspected he knew what was going on and, because of this, had the power to torment and extort Madoff while profiting substantially from his Ponzi scheme.
Series: Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street

See no evil

   2023    History
The third episode emphasizes how Madoff's numbers were deemed unrealistic. Despite his competitors' investigations into these impossible figures and subsequent alerts to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency, swayed by Madoff's reputation, disregarded the numerous red flags. Choosing instead to look the other way, they allowed Madoff's operations to continue undeterred.
Series: Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street

The Price of Trust

   2023    History
In the final episode, we hear how employees on the 17th floor were rewarded, and we see Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme quickly collapses as investors begin to withdraw their money during the 2008 Financial Crisis. We see how Madoff's sons attempt to stop their father from writing bonus cheques for long-time investors, faithful employees, and extended family to help cushion the blow. Madoff confesses to the Ponzi scheme, and the FBI arrests him.
After pleading guilty, Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison. Two years after learning of the Ponzi scheme, his eldest son Mark is found hanging from a pipe, dead of an apparent suicide. His other son dies of lymphoma six years later.
Series: Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street

Carlos Ghosn The Last Flight

   2021    History
Carlos Ghosn – the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, charged with financial crimes – stunned the world with his escape from Japan. Nick Green’s documentary sheds light on this multilayered story, drawing out a portrait of a fascinating character and explaining his escape to Lebanon without a passport and while he was still under house arrest.

Ascension

   2021    Culture
The absorbingly cinematic Ascension explores the pursuit of the 'Chinese Dream.' This observational documentary presents a contemporary vision of China that prioritizes productivity and innovation above all. Behind all, the ideology used in China to acquire acquiescence from the lower class workers in the factories, restaurants, resorts, etc who are sold a dream of one day being able to join the elite classes if they work hard enough.
Almost mesmerizing with its cinematography, akin to the dreams of consumerism and the narratives of wealth that are being sold to the underclass workers, the film nicely illustrates the Chinese economy of the present.
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