The documentary The Kleptocrats, exploring one of the largest international corruption scandals in modern history, will premiere on U.S. television on August 5 at 9pm EST on Starz.
As a two-year U.S. Department of Justice investigation unfolds, dogged investigative reporters from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Hollywood Reporter follow the alleged $4.5 billion-looting of the Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB through real estate deals and movie financing back to the upper echelons of the Malaysian government. The film features previously unreleased footage of the notoriously extravagant Malaysian financier Jho Low — currently a fugitive and wanted by authorities in Malaysia and the U.S. — as well as an in-depth interview with Nazir Razak, the brother of former Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak.
As hot-shot financier Low invests in New York real estate and courts A-list celebrities in Hollywood, investigative journalists follow the money and unravel the story. The U.S. Department of Justice gets involved, the Prime Minister and his inner circle are accused of financial crimes, assets are frozen, money is seized — and the Malaysian people react.
The film includes in-depth interviews with top investigative journalists who exposed the story, including Louise Story of the New York Times, Bradley Hope and Tom Wright of the Wall Street Journal and Alex Ritman of the Hollywood Reporter.
The Kleptocrats reveals one of the largest white-collar heists in modern times, documenting government corruption and international money laundering at the highest levels.