About the film

Influence is a revealing, David vs. Goliath inside track to the immoral, dangerous and weaponised influence that PR firm Bell Pottinger had in South Africa and the world. With the nefarious Lord Tim Bell as a key interviewee, the film tracks in chilling detail his callous manipulations of geo-politics for financial gain, showing how these facilitated the corrupt relationship between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, and spurred racial hatred and division in South Africa. The film follows the struggle of Pumzile Van Damme, the brave young Black female activist, who, through dogged persistence in the face of personal risk is credited with bringing Bell Pottinger down. An inspiring reminder that evil cannot triumph when good people do something.

Awards

Winner of Best South African Documentary – Durban Internation Film Festival 2020 Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2020 Official Selection Hotdoc Film Festival 2020

Directors

Diana Neille, Richard Poplak

Stars

Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma

Run Time

90min

Rating

G

Trailer

Film Critics

[Influence] is the kind of story that makes you question everything, because it suggests that we now live in a time when the very texture of our lives can be defined, designed and manipulated by powerful forces. We may think of ourselves as smarter and savvier, but the machine of dreams isn’t done with us yet. ~ Bilge Ebiri, VultureAn extraordinary, eye-opening look at one man, but the documentary… is really about how the world works, in particular this world we live in now, presided over by populist nationalists such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. ~ John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

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