In 2012, the filesharing site MegaUpload is taken offline, its owners accused of massive internet piracy. In 2016 the independent filmmakers of this documentary finally managed to secure an interview with the site’s founder, Kim Dotcom. After some negotiation Dotcom also agrees to give them unprecedented access to his private archives.
Kim Dotcom arrived in New Zealand with his circle of relatives towards the end of 2010. In search of peace and quiet, it was here that Dotcom rented the largest mansion in New Zealand and settled down into an extravagant, luxurious life with his family.
In January 2012, this extravagant lifestyle came crashing down around him. 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. Dotcom refused to be quieted. Once out on bail, he continued to make waves, gathering around him an unexpected and contradictory group of bedfellows, throwing raves, starting political parties, provoking the powerful, and fighting the charges against him every step of the way.
Directed by: Annie Goldson