Floodlight - Fiction in the Public Interest

Published: November 27, 2023

Envisioned by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Gabo Foundation and part of both institutions’ public interest focus, Floodlight nurtures a symbiotic relationship between investigative journalism and fiction filmmaking that will result in storytelling that entertains, educates, and inspires. Investigative journalists can help adapt their extensive reporting about organized crime and corruption into new formats to reach more audiences while filmmakers can pull from a wealth of content and expertise across subjects to inform their projects.

About GABO

The Gabo Foundation is an international non-profit created by Gabriel García Márquez in 1994. The Foundation's mission is to foster an active and better-informed citizenry by training, encouraging and promoting the ethical and creative use of the power of researching, telling, and sharing stories, inspired by the legacy of its founder and his workshop method. Over the past decade, the Foundation has led the preservation and promotion of Gabriel García Márquez’ legacy. Best known today as an inveterate storyteller and Nobel laureate, Márquez began his career as an investigative reporter and went on to work in film before he changed writing forever with his timeless stories. With the Floodlight project, the Gabo Foundation honors his spirit by uniting the power of film with the gritty realism of investigative reporting, as part of various initiatives and projects that will extend until 2028, within the framework of the commemoration of the centenary of his birth.

"This is the kind of thing that would make my father crazy with excitement: the marriage of cinema and journalism, two of the great loves of his life."
– Rodrigo García, Gabo Foundation board member and son of Gabriel García Márquez
"Together we will turn published and unpublished reporting into fiction films and television series that decipher, expose, and diminish the criminal world around us. Floodlight is fiction in the public interest that will help fight the darkness."
– Paul Radu, OCCRP Co-Founder

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