Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
  • Year2012
  • Duration89 min

Organised crime in the 21st century looks nothing like The Godfather: no boss at the helm, no hierarchical structure, no system of loyalty. It is therefore nothing short of extraordinary that Havana Marking (director of award-winning 2009 documentary Afghan Star) manages to track down FIVE Pink Panther members, a loose network of thieving affiliates who cooperate on a global, agile scale. Veiled beneath deftly animated proxies, they provide an all-access look at an underworld driven by fast wealth and paranoia. Against the backdrop of a newly balkanised Yugoslavia of the mid-1990s, they recreate the desperation caused by rising ethnic hatred and poverty; a black market of drugs, sex, and smuggling was growing, spreading into Western Europe with the refugees. But as the Serbian and Montenegro governments clean up their act for a pending EU-status, the Pink Panthers may have to come to an end… or will it? SW

  • Director(s): Havana Marking
  • Producer(s): Mike Lerner, Havana Marking
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Format: Video HDCAM 1080/25p
  • Premiere status: None
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