Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

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Trust Me

Waleed Ahmed has been called many things, from “Norway’s Mark Zuckerberg” to “Justin Bieber fraudster” and “his own worst enemy.” He has claimed to have invented the solar-powered battery charger, then to own the exclusive rights to Justin Bieber concerts in Scandinavia. There were stories circling around about him hanging out with Ted Turner and sending gifts to Barack Obama. He was, in short, a fraud. His downfall was a mess of such epic proportions it would be impossible to look away – not that anyone has to, thanks to Emil Trier’s entertaining doc Trust Me. — While Trier keeps his distance, showing up in the film looking perpetually preoccupied, some of his interviewees can’t hide some admiration for the guy who tricked them all with a smile. He was “a professional fraudster who does it for pleasure,” says one, but while it would make for a nice, breezy story, Trier seems to be making a film about compulsion instead. Which is not to say he doesn’t have an eye for some occasional hilarity.

Marta Bałaga, Cineuropa

[A] fascinating story of a second-generation Pakistani immigrant, born in Norway, who became the country’s most promising entrepreneur at the tender age of 20. His invention was a solar-powered mobile phone cover that could charge itself by sunlight and artificial light. Waleed promised to make a global impact with his product. — The story of Waleed is exciting with quick turns, twists and tragedy – it has everything a good story needs.

Margareta Hruza, Modern Times Review

Original Title: Stol på meg
Language: Norwegian, English
Subtitles: partial English subtitles
Length: 96 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2021
Production Country: Norway

Director: Emil Trier
Producer: Thomas Robsahm, Nicolai Moland
Production Company: Motlys AS
Editing: Jens Christian Fodstad, Christian Siebenhertz
Cinematographer: Petter Holmern Halvorsen
Music: Johannes Ringen
Sound Design: Gisle Tveito