Navalny

Showings

SNF Parkway Theatre 1 Thu, Apr 28 9:30 PM
SNF Parkway Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 30 11:30 AM
Film Info
Event Type:Feature
Genre:Documentary
Year:2022
Runtime:98 min
Langauge:Russian, English
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Daniel Roher
Produced By:Diane Becker, Shane Boris, Melanie Miller, Odessa Rae
Cinematographer:Niki Waltl
Editor:Langdon Page, Maya Daisy Hawke
Composer:Marius de Vries and Matt Robertson

Description

In August 2020 a plane traveling from Siberia to Moscow diverted to Omsk when a passenger onboard became deathly ill. That passenger was Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic—Alexei Navalny, the leader of Russia’s opposition, a man many had long feared would be killed for his refusal to be silent. Navalny’s wife and colleagues, convinced that Navalny had been poisoned and terrified of what might happen to him in a Siberian hospital, raced to Omsk and fought to evacuate him to Germany. There, German authorities confirmed that Navalny had been dosed with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

But how was Navalny poisoned? And by whom? These questions are at the core of Navalny, a fly-on-the-wall documentary that unfolds with the pace of a thriller. Enthralling and intimate, the film brings together Navalny and investigative journalist Christo Grozev of Bellingcat as they painstakingly assemble the identities of the would-be hit men—and then crack the case wide open.

Shot in real time in a small German town as Navalny recovers and the murder investigation unfolds, director Daniel Roher’s NAVALNY is also a study of Navalny the man. Scenes with Navalny’s wife and children, and with his colleagues offer a portrait of a masterful media strategist and a leader who is utterly committed to his homeland. NAVALNY offers extraordinary access to a politician who is resolute in his insistence on reform—a leader who will not be cowed by anything, including his own poisoning. As the documentary ends, and with authoritarianism rising across the globe, Russia’s would-be president returns to his country, ready to sacrifice himself to bring change.

 

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