We want to make a documentary series about MH17 and badly need your help
- Because 5 years on the official investigation is still intransperant, many questions remain unanswered and there are quite a few reasons to doubt the official version of events.
- We are going to do a lot of fact-checking on the ground, travel places, do expertise. That costs quite a bit of money.
- The sum we are asking here is just to get us started as soon as possible. We will collect a lot of important data and are planning to do a series of investigative films on the case.
A little bit about ourselves
Yana Yerlashova - Russian documentary filmmaker. Made 2 films on MH17, found important plane debris and made sure the Dutch Safety Board got them. The debris never made it to the final report. Thinks the official investigation is not done by the books and thus questionable. Has exclusive materials on the case that feed her doubts. Yana met Max while working on her first MH17 film. Since then they stayed in touch and now teamed up for a new MH17 investigation.
Max van der Werff - Independent Dutch researcher. His investigations led to the Dutch state conviction for torturing civilians in the Indonesian war for independence.
In the last 5 years spent more than 2.500 hours studying the MH17 air crash. Was interviewed by the Joint Investigation Team. Has strong doubts about the official version of events.
Since Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 - Max spent more than 2.500 hours studying the case. Went to the crash area twice and was interviewed by the Joint Investigation Team. He has strong doubts about the official version of events.
Yana met Max while working on her first MH17 film. Since then they stayed in touch and now teamed up for a new MH17 investigation.
Transcript of mutual video interview
Yana: So, Max, I have 2 questions for you. Why would you spend so much time researching this tragedy without anybody paying you, what’s your interest? And I’m curious what do you say to people calling you a Kremlin troll?
Max: Well, Yana, the majority of the victims on board of MH17 were people from my country – the Netherlands. I think, it’s important to form your own opinion and do your own research of such an important matter. And about calling me a Kremlin troll, it’s not nice. Sometimes I’m tempted to shout back: you are a Pentagon pimp. But then I try to control myself and in return I try to focus on facts-finding. And to honestly debate issues.
I have a question for you, Yana. You used to work for Russian state TV RT. Why did you decide to leave RT and become an independent journalist?
Yana: That’s a good question, Max. You see, with all the craziness in geopolitics nowadays, I believe, I will be much more effective as an independent journalist. Because anything, and I mean anything that comes from Russia is considered propaganda in the West. And I want to be free of any labels. I really want to be heard. I always did my job honestly and stand by very word I said in my previous documentaries.
Max: Right. So there’s a lot on our plate. We have fact-finding missions to do on location. They are very essential, I think. Because now, 5 years later there’s still many questions unanswered and some of the questions, I think, have not even been asked yet.
Yana: I agree. Unfortunately. But to do our job we will have to ask people for support – moral & financial. Because, well, we all know that investigative journalism is quite time-consuming & expensive. So we ask for money but in return we will bring real stuff.
Max: So, please, everybody support our documentary series. Tell everybody else. Thank you!
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Risks and challenges
We are very committed and as a team we are much stronger than each of us alone. Honestly, we do not see any risks. Only challenges to dig up new facts about this tragedy in which 298 people lost their lives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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