VW Dealer Wants to Make Movie About Dieselgate, the Title Is Backfire

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As some of you already know, the Dieselgate scandal will be turned into a couple of films. One of the movies will be a documentary whose full name will be Backfire: The Volkswagen Fraud of the Century, and it is the work of Steve Kalafer.
If the director’s name does ring a bell, it is because the 66-year-old is a three-time Oscar nominee, and one of his movies even won a prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. The most interesting part of the story is that the filmmaker is also a Volkswagen dealer.

Instead of laying out his side of the story and telling the world how Dieselgate was seen from a dealer’s perspective, Kalafer will make the documentary using customer stories, with scenes which include distributors and regulators.

The filmmaker will also interview the researchers at the West Virginia University, who discovered the potential issue in 2014. Kalafer even promised to interview former Volkswagen executives.

When asked about his opinion on the story, Kalafer, who currently owns a Volkswagen dealership in Flemington, New Jersey, explains that he has been a dealer for 39 years, and has seen other car companies in crisis before, and that Volkswagen needs to take “decisive measures to address the harm inflicted on customers and dealers,Automotive News reports.

Kalafer believes that Volkswagen needs to deal with all the issues it caused through the Dieselgate fiasco in a straightforward manner, with “honesty and equity,” or else they will have destroyed their company. He refuses to state his opinion on the Dieselgate scandal, preferring to let his work as a filmmaker tell the tale of Dieselgate.

To avoid impacting the documentary, Kalafer will not appear on camera, even though he is one of the dealers affected by the situation. Backfire is not Kalafer’s first documentary, so given his experience, we might have a cool movie to see in a couple of years.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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