“Oozes with espionage enigma.”
– Michael Atkinson, Time Out New York

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Betrayal is the most radical act of all

A fascinating portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical left-wing activist turned FBI informant.  In 2005, Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a stranded friend.  Soon after, he co-founded Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization.

But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret.

After two young protestors were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in their indictment as an FBI informant.  Today, having renounced his left-wing past, he is a tea-party darling who writes regularly for the right-leaning website Breitbart.com.

The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life – before and after the many death threats he has received – through interviews and tense reenactments. Darby’s version of events is accompanied – and often contradicted – by acquaintances and expert commentators, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality.

In addition to trying to unlock the mystery of Brandon Darby, Informant offers an powerful insider look at the hidden use of informants in contemporary America – an especially timely issue in light of the recent leaks about government surveillance.

"Speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum."
David Lewis - San Francisco Chronicle
"Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made documentary."
Claude Peck - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Activist groups of all stripes will want to see it, but the force of Darby's personality gives the doc a psychological appeal independent of politics."
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter

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