The Mystery of D.B. CooperJohn Dower

The story of one of the most daring robberies in the world reads like a movie script. Shortly after a plane has taken off, one of the passengers, a man named Dan Cooper, reports that he has a bomb. He demands - and receives - heaps of money and four parachutes and runs off. Over the course of 50 years, dozens of suspects are investigated by the FBI. Testimonials, archive footage and re-enactment bring their stories to life and the pressing question remains: where is D.B Cooper?

November 24, 1971. A man who calls himself Dan Cooper buys a ticket to Seattle at Portland airport. He is wearing a nice suit and calmly enjoys two drinks before departure. Shortly after the plane takes off, he passes a note to the flight attendant saying there is a bomb in his briefcase. He promises not to detonate the bomb if, immediately after landing in Seattle, he is given $200,000 and four parachutes. He gets what he demands and after the plane takes off back to Mexico, Cooper jumps out with his loot. Since then there has been no trace of him or the money. There are, however, plenty of suspects and witnesses who claim to know who Cooper was. In this documentary, award-winning director John Dower, known for films such as My Scientology Movie and Thrilla in Manila, explores and discovers that stories and testimonials tell a lot more than meets the eye.


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Reconstructing History

Een “reconstructie van de feiten”. Wat een standaardprocedure is bij heel wat gerechtsonderzoeken, vindt ook in de documentairewereld steeds meer ingang. Om een bijzonder verhaal na te vertellen, maken documentairemakers creatief gebruik van verschillende technieken: niet enkel archiefbeelden, maar ook animaties en reconstructies met acteurs tot deep fakes. Het brengt feiten uit het verleden létterlijk tot leven en leidt - toch bij de beste regisseurs - tot razend spannende documentaires die wegkijken als een ware thriller.



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Directed by John Dower
U.S.
2020 85 min.
English
No subtitles


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Reconstructing History

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Director

John Dower

Producer

Anna Stephens

Production company

Minnow films

Cinematography

James Blann, Edgar Dubrovskiy

Editing

Paul Carlin

Music

Tim Atack, Lindsay Wright

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