NISMAN – The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy

“Nisman“ is a global true crime series that reveals how the dealings between Argentina, Iran, Israel and the USA – and their respective secret services – culminated in the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman.



NISMAN – The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy

A prosecutor investigating a terrorist bombing accuses the Argentinian president of colluding with Iran. Four days later he is found dead in his bathroom with a single shot to the head. Alberto Nisman died in Buenos Aires, but the shockwaves of this mysterious murder, or suicide, spread across the globe to Israel, Iran and the United States. Immediately in Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was accused of having Nisman murdered. Thousands took to the streets to protest. In turn, Kirchner accused the most infamous, and feared person in Argentina, a veteran spy with close ties to the CIA and Mossad, Jaime Stiuso, of conspiring against her. With Argentina in turmoil, the focus turned back to the unsolved case of the murder of 85 Jews in the AMIA bombing of 1994, the biggest terrorist attack in the Western hemisphere before 9/11, and the biggest attack on Jews outside Israel since the Second World War. This is a story of ambition, corruption and dirty tricks which unfolds, with rival narratives of good and evil, of suicide or murder, and of truth itself, around a body in a bathroom with enormous international resonance.

 

Director:
Justin Webster

Script Writers:
Justin Webster, Martín Rocca

Produced by:
Justin Webster, Christian Beetz, Adrià Monés

Realisation:
Martín Rocca

Producer:
Caroline Scharper

Line Producers:
Kathrin Isberner, Marc Epping

DoP: Lucas Gath

Sound Recordist: Juampi Soto

Editor: Garbiñe Armentia, Inés Boffi

Sound Design: Laro Basterrechea, Álvaro González Santos

Production Manager: Sumpta Ayuso

Commissioning Editors:
Imke Meier - Redaktion ZDFinfo
Íñigo Trojaola - Redaktion TAD

Broadcasters:
Movistar, ZDFinfo, DR

Koproduktion

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Förderer

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  • Berlinale European Film Market - Drama Series Days

    ZOO PALAST Club A - Berlin
    12 February 2019 at 1:30 pm

  • Panel @ Berlin TV Series Festival

    AMANO ROOFTOP - Berlin
    13 June 2019 at 2:15 pm

  • Panel @ Sunny Side of the Docs

    Sunny Side of the Docs - La Rochelle
    26 June 2019 at 11:00 am

  • NISMAN - World premiere

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - Donostia - San Sebastián
    23 September 2019 at 4:00 pm

  • NISMAN - Germany premiere

    Cologne Filmfestival - Cologne
    12 October 2019 at 6:00 pm

  • NISMAN - Screening and Talk

    Jüdische Gemeinde - Frankfurt (M)
    14 January 2020 at 7:00 pm

  • NISMAN - German TV premiere

    ZDFinfo
    31 January 2020 at 8:15 pm

  • Tödliche Ermittlungen - Wie starb Staatsanwalt Alberto Nisman? (90min)

    ZDFinfo
    03 June 2020 at 8:15 pm

  • Tödliche Ermittlungen - Wie starb Alberto Nisman (90min)

    ZDF
    11 June 2020 at 12:45 am

  • Tödliche Ermittlungen - Wie starb Alberto Nisman? (90min)

    ZDF
    24 June 2020 at 12:35 am

  • Nisman

    ZDF
    09 July 2020 at 12:35 am

  • Frankfurter Rundschau, January 31, 2020

    "The at times overwhelming but always impressive documentary mini-series about the far-reaching causes and effects of the murder of an Argentinian prosecutor showcases modern documentary filmmaking at its best."

  • Tagesspiegel, January 29, 2020

    "A multilayered work of diligence about government failure that leaves you stunned and shocked."

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 22, 2020

    "No voice-over, no judgment by the author, only Nisman's last paperwork is occasionally being re-enacted. Otherwise, Webster is exclusively using his own material, a host of interviews he conducted himself and scenes with archive material, for example from prosecuting authorities. He mixes everything into a potpourri, which at times may be confusing but removes layer after layer. Steadily, new oddities are surfacing, such as Nisman's foreign accounts. But the director leaves all conclusions to the audience."

  • Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (former President of Argentina), January 20, 2020

    "Here's what Justin Webster, who is neither a lawyer nor a judge and doesn't carry institutional responsibility, could achieve: objectively presenting the facts without omitting testimonies or circumstances, without making up facts which do not exist and, even less, presenting hypotheses and stories without evidence supporting them, hence presenting them as truth."

  • Der Spiegel, January 18, 2020

    "Dozens of books have been written about Nisman's death. Now, just in time for its 5th anniversary, German television is airing a six-part documentary, which was produced jointly by Netflix and ZDF. The six-hour mammoth-documentary is by far the best which has been published on Nisman's death so far. While it doesn't solve the mystery, it does uncover traces and hints towards a plausible explanation of Nisman's death."

  • The Times of Israel, January 17, 2020

    "Predictably, the series — which highlights the role played in the AMIA investigation by the intelligence services and the CIA — has caused a storm of reaction on Twitter. 'Five minutes of the Nisman series and it makes me want to cry and leave the country forever,' said one user, Lu Abelera."

  • Miami Herald, January 17, 2020

    "The case has been so messed up that — spoiler alert! — not even the exhaustive six-hour Netflix documentary could conclude whether Nisman took his own life or was murdered."

  • Buenos Aires Times, January 17, 2020

    "The great novelty on this fifth anniversary of the explosive denunciation and dramatic end of the official [Nisman] did not come from the courts, the government or even the local media. It was instead a six-part miniseries directed by a British documentary filmmaker, Justin Webster. The finished product bypasses fanaticism, but records all points of view, offering respect for everyone. It is meticulous. Nor are there, throughout those intense six hours, any low blows or sensationalism. It is an exceptional work. And, on top of that, it's entertaining."

  • The New York Times, January 15, 2020

    “[A] series of six chapters that patiently unravels one of the most unresolved cases in Argentina."

  • GQ, January 13, 2020

    "'The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy' at first looks like 'Homeland', but it is much more: it is a non-fiction series that sheds light on the death of Alberto Nisman."

  • AP, January 3, 2020

    "Over six, hour-long chapters with dozens of interviews and testimonies, including current President Alberto Fernández — who is not related to Cristina Fernández — researchers, spies, FBI and CIA agents and unpublished images, British director Justin Webster seeks to shed light on the case through the documentary. The series quickly became the most commented topic on social media in Argentina and the president himself spoke to the media to address his statements in the documentary."

  • El País, January 3, 2020

    "Five years after Nisman's death, the documentary re-opens the controversy around a case which is dividing Argentina and around which conspiracy theories never stopped circulating."

  • Decider, January 3, 2020

    "The best documentaries search for clarity in life’s murkiest zones, and the Nisman case absolutely fits that description. Stories like this are fascinating — they span decades; touch on personal, legal and political issues; and seek to fan away smokescreens in pursuit of truth. So far, Webster seems committed to exploring every nook and cranny, piecing together a complicated story with clarity and a good ear for dramatic revelations."

  • The Review Geek, January 2, 2020

    "Nisman: The Prosecutor, The President and The Spy is an eye-opening and surprising true crime documentary series. [It] does bring to light a controversial and shocking subject in an engaging manner."

  • La Nación, January 1, 2020

    "The narration of The Prosecutor, the President, and the Spy is classic, fluid and faithful to the requirements of the genre."

  • Variety, September 23, 2019

    "Webster’s most original and most ambitious series to date [...] marking the full emergence of an auteur and the creative and industrial potential of a form of story-telling with which he admits he’s obsessed: Cinematic non-fiction series.