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INFLUENCE: Cut Scene | Bell Pottinger goes to war in Iraq

In this scene cut from the original Sundance version of Influence, the principals of Bell Pottinger's $560-million contract in Iraq for the Pentagon speak about the controversial campaign for the first time.

INFLUENCE: Cut scene | Anatomy of an influence campaign

In this scene cut from the original Sundance version of Influence, former PR maven Lord Timothy Bell explains how his political advisory work for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won him his first major foreign junket of many: Spinning the election campaign for the party of Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet.

INFLUENCE: Interview Excerpt | Alex Goldfarb on Belarus

In his 2019 interview with INFLUENCE directors Richard Poplak and Diana Neille, Russian-American activist Alexander Goldfarb discusses how he and Lord Tim Bell were enlisted by the Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Boris Berezovsky to help pivot Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko away from Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. For more information, read this excellent feature by Alexey Kovalev for Meduza.


INFLUENCE: From South Africa ‘94 to Trump ‘20

Influence directors Richard Poplak and Diana Neille in conversation with Nigel Oakes, the founder of Behavioural Dynamics Institute and SCL Group, the holding company of Cambridge Analytica, on what went on behind the scenes of the '94 election; how it helped establish a host of new weaponised communications tools for geopolitical processes in the 21st century, and what we can expect in the lead-up to the 2020 election in the United States.

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Influence In Africa: Is Disinformation Winning The Digital War Of Words?

In the five years since the term "fake news" became a household phrase around the world, disinformation and dirty tricks campaigns have changed the way citizens share, receive and interact with news and communication, particularly as it pertains to politics. Former South African Shadow Minister for Communications, Phumzile van Damme, has been recognised internationally for her work combatting political disinformation in South Africa. She is in conversation with Joshua Olufemi, the founder and CEO of Nigerian media and data analytics company, Dataphyte, who recently joined the fight to stop the Nigerian government from banning Twitter. Their discussions are moderated by Influence co-director, Diana Neille.

Webinar: Influence Premiere Post Screening Q&A

Influence Directors Richard Poplak and Diana Neille in conversation with corruption activist Bill Browder.