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FRONTLINE Presents: “Pandora Papers” & “Massacre in El Salvador”

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November 5, 2021
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Anne Husted Series Publicity Manager, FRONTLINE

Tues., Nov. 9, 2021
Streaming at 7/6c at pbs.org/frontline & in the PBS Video App
Airing at 10/9c on PBS and on YouTube
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In a multi-part hour premiering Tues., Nov. 9, FRONTLINE presents two gripping, on-the-ground global investigations.

In the first part of the hour, FRONTLINE will present Pandora Papers: a collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and reporters around the world that examines the global entanglement of political power and secretive offshore finance, and how U.S. trusts are sheltering millions in controversial assets.

The new documentary is one component of a worldwide investigation with ICIJ that draws on a trove of nearly 12 million confidential financial files from firms that set up shell companies and offshore accounts for clients seeking to keep their wealth in the shadows.

For close to two years, ICIJ has led an investigation into these leaked documents with more than 600 journalists from 150 media organizations, including FRONTLINE. The investigation reveals the hidden assets and secret deals of some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people, including more than 130 billionaires, 35 country leaders and some 300 other politicians and public officials.

Watch a trailer for Pandora Papers and read major stories from the other media organizations that are part of the collaboration, updated as news breaks.

In the hour’s second segment, FRONTLINE, Retro Report and ProPublica will present Massacre in El Salvador — a new, short film showing the ongoing fight for justice for the horrific 1981 attack on the village of El Mozote and surrounding areas.

Forty years later, in a somber return to the region, Massacre in El Salvador examines the horrors of what happened when U.S.-trained and equipped Salvadoran soldiers killed some 1,000 civilians, many of them children. Former New York Times correspondent and current Retro Report and ProPublica contributor Raymond Bonner — who was one of the first journalists to bear witness to the aftermath of the massacre — recounts the experience of exposing the story and speaks with survivors of the attack.

This on-the-ground investigation details how for decades following the tragedy, there’s been little movement towards holding anyone accountable, and how today, the case against high-ranking military officials is faltering under Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele. The president has described himself “the world’s coolest dictator” and has been critical of the handling of the El Mozote case.

With the trial in limbo, Massacre in El Salvador lays bare the nation’s grisly past and the decades-long struggle for justice.

FRONTLINE’s two-part hour featuring Pandora Papers and Massacre in El Salvador premieres Tues., Nov. 9, 2021. Both stories will be available to watch in full at pbs.org/frontline and in the PBS Video App starting that night at 7/6c. The hour will premiere on PBS stations at 10/9c (check local listings), at pbs.org/frontline or on the PBS Video App.

Credits
Pandora Papers is a BBC Current Affairs production for GBH/FRONTLINE and BBC. The director is James Oliver. The producers are Evan Williams and James Oliver. The senior producer is Eamonn Matthews. Massacre in El Salvador is a FRONTLINE and Retro Report production with ProPublica. The producer and writer is Kit R. Roane. The senior producers are Frank Koughan and Molly Knight Raskin. The executive producer of Retro Report is Kyra Darnton. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

About FRONTLINE
FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest running investigative documentary series, explores the issues of our times through powerful storytelling. FRONTLINE has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 100 Emmy Awards and 26 Peabody Awards. Visit pbs.org/frontline and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube to learn more. FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.

About Retro Report
Retro Report is a nonprofit news organization that uses the clear lens of history to bring a greater understanding of current events and to fight misinformation. Using investigative reporting and narrative storytelling, its 250 short documentaries have reached tens of millions of viewers through multiple distribution channels, including partnerships with The New York Times, VICE-TV and PBS. Retro Report has been recognized with Emmy Awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Mirror Awards, Webbys, a Gerald Loeb Award and at film festivals across the country.  Retro Report also supports middle school and high school teachers with free videos and educational resources at retroreport.org/education.

About ProPublica
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. With a team of more than 100 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics, focusing on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact. Its reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state, and national levels. Since it began publishing in 2008, ProPublica has received six Pulitzer Prizes, five Peabody Awards, four Emmy Awards and nine George Polk Awards, among others.

Press Contact:
FRONTLINE Press Contact: frontlinemedia@wgbh.org
Retro Report Press Contact: ivarejao@retroreport.com
ProPublica Press Contact: media@propublica.org

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