MAN ON THE RUN
|MAN ON THE RUN
|BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
|CASSIUS MICHAEL KIM
The definitive accounting of the 1MDB financial scandal and an indictment of the global capitalist system and its inability to regulate itself in the face of avarice and corruption.
MAN ON THE RUN uncovers the shocking true story of a corrupt group of co-conspirators who jeopardized a country’s hope for financial stability. Their influence extended from the highest levels of the Malaysian government to the glamorous enclaves of Hollywood.
At the heart of this scandal lies the enigmatic Low Taek Jho, known to most as Jho Low, a mysterious businessman, and notorious playboy. Teaming up with Prime Minister Najib Razak, Low orchestrated a scheme to exploit 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund established in 2009 with the noble purpose of benefiting the people of Malaysia. In 2015, intrepid journalist Clare Rewcastle-Brown receives leaked financial documents, setting off a global investigation that uncovers a staggering amount of money being channeled into international bank accounts, all in support of Low’s extravagant lifestyle. This includes the acquisition of lavish properties, a private jet, a yacht, excessive A-list celebrity parties, and even the financing of the Hollywood blockbuster film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Through the meticulous work of director Cassius Michael Kim, who gains unprecedented access to key individuals involved on both sides of the story, MAN ON THE RUN unravels a complex web of greed and corruption. It delves into gripping first-person accounts, unveiling the extensive repercussions of one of the most colossal financial scandals in history.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY – CASSIUS MICHAEL KIM
Cassius Michael Kim is a director, producer, and writer who helped create the CNN Original Series, The Wonder List with Bill Weir. He was the senior producer on the documentary program over its first three seasons, directing and producing half of the show’s twenty documentary hours from locations as diverse as Vanuatu, Madagascar, and Egypt. Prior to joining CNN, Cassius worked at ABC News. He began his career at the independent film production company This is that.
Most recently, Kim directed, wrote and executive produced the social justice documentary short 7 Years and Counting in collaboration with the Grassroots Law Project. 7 Years and Counting was a Vimeo Staff Pick and an official selection of the 2022 Las Cruces International Film Festival, the 2022 Alexander Valley Film Festival and the 2022 Minnow Short Film Festival. Prior to that, he produced and filmed Stockton On My Mind, in collaboration with Marc Levin’s Blowback Productions and HBO Documentary Films, about Mayor Michael Tubbs Jr. and his progressive policy programs in the city of Stockton, CA. Stockton On My Mind was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2020 AFI DOCS Festival and was nominated in the category of Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary at the 2021 News & Documentary Emmy Awards.