Sceptics may consider them a bunch of amateurs, but the – mainly male – members of the Bellingcat research collective that operates internationally, take their self-imposed tasks extremely seriously. In a world in which fake and real news are hard to tell apart, they tease out the truth from online data. What was Russia’s role in the 2014 MH17 disaster? Who was responsible for which bombing raid in Syria?
In this insightful documentary, Hans Pool follows and portrays a number of researchers during their work. Starting with the organization’s British founder who, just like his colleagues spread throughout Europe, uses sources ranging from social media to Google Earth to provide detailed reports on the cases investigated. The documentary uses the director’s footage as well as online video to factually support the cases discussed. These online investigations are extreme painstaking. Bellingcat’s research offers hope in times of uncertain news, but we see that the collective’s work is not without its dangers.