The creators of the documentary, Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, have released a trailer ahead of next week’s premiere.
Born Kim Schmitz, Dotcom is a German Internet entrepreneur and political party founder, who presently resides in Auckland, New Zealand – and is arguably the most wanted man online.
He received a two-year suspended sentence for computer data espionage and fraud in 1994 – and a similar sentence for insider trading and embezzlement in 2003.
The founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload, Dotcom has been accused of criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud by the US Department of Justice – and is currently battling bids to extradite him to the United States.
Dotcom also started and funded the Internet Party, which contested the 2014 New Zealand elections under an electoral alliance with the Mana Movement, but failed to win any seats.
Made independently, with just over $800,000 of investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, the documentary was directed by University of Auckland film and media professor Annie Goldson.