Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
107 min • Business & Technology, Crime • 2017
Kim Dotcom, tech entrepreneur and owner of the now-defunct popular file-sharing site MegaUpload, arrived in New Zealand with his family in late 2010. Seeking peace and quiet, they rented the largest mansion in the land and settled down to an extravagant, luxurious life.
In January 2012, it all came crashing down. At the FBI‘s behest, 70 heavily armed officers stormed the mansion, arresting Dotcom and his coders on a range of charges relating to alleged copyright infringement by MegaUpload. But Dotcom refused to be silenced. Once out on bail he continued to make waves, gathering around him an unexpected and contradictory group of people, throwing raves, starting political parties, provoking the powerful and fighting the charges against him every step of the way.
Kim Dotcom polarizes opinion: is he a bit-stream pirate or a folk hero? An underdog taking on the US superpower or simply a thief? A wealthy businessman or a freedom-loving anarchist?
This compelling documentary by acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Annie Goldson sets out to answer these questions and reveal the true man behind the myth and legends.