Carlos Ghosn might have been the business world’s genius, but if this firsthand documentary proved anything, it’s that he’s also a fraud.
How would you describe a man who saved two automakers, but his downfall ended up being his own greed? Two words: Carlos Ghosn.
Let’s take a step back and talk about the show itself. Instead of rushing to a verdict, the series gives you a sense of the Ghosn’s outlook and claims of innocence even as new information emerges painting him in a different picture. The villain or victim framing becomes starkly distinct in its 4 mostly airtight episodes.
This series by director James Jones doesn’t futz with the facts and sticks to good old investigative journalism skills to chronicle the rise and spectacular fall of the former head of Renault and Nissan, even when it’s padded with some family history that just doesn’t connect the dots.
Now as a Lebanese Canadian that was raised in Lebanon, I’m no stranger to Ghosn. Is he the villain? Is he truly innocent? Well, in a typical Lebanese fashion, he’s certainly not showing remorse and still doesn’t get what he did wrong.
Yes, the show makes it clear that Nissan fabricated the initial claims to push him out and cancel the merger with Renault. But it’s also true that Ghosn isn’t as innocent as he claims. First, he says he can’t trust the Japanese justice and he will only do it in France. And when France catches up to his lies, French justice becomes also corrupt.
Coincidence? I think not.
Should You Watch It?
Simply put it, this limited documentary series is a snapshot of people and systems that manipulate and exploit for gain, and the myriad others (from confidants and colleagues to conspirators and shareholders) who suffer for their sins.