The Spiders Web: Filmscreening on Tax Havens and Financial Secrecy

Date: from Monday 12 February 2018 to Wednesday 12 December 2018


Start: 19:30
Film Plateau
Campus Aula
Paddenhoek 3
9000 Gent

Link: Film website


GIIS organises a screening of the movie: "The Spiders's Web: Britain's Second Empire" A film about Tax havens and Financial Secrecy.

Afterwards we invite John Christensen (Director Tax Justice Network) and dr. Irma Mosquera (Associate Professor Leiden University) for Q&A.


They will provide context to the movie, explain the effect of tax evasion and avoidance on developing countries and show the extraordinary work the NGO sector has done on this front.

Movie Synopsis:

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider’s Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.