this year sundance The film festival may be online, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do a secret screening program.
Navalny Focuses on Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, In the documentary, Rohr had unparalleled access to Navalny and his inner circle.
In August 2020, a plane going from Siberia to Moscow made an emergency landing. One of its passengers, Navalny, was mortally ill. When he was taken to a local Siberian hospital and eventually to Berlin, German authorities confirmed that he had been poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government. President Vladimir Putin immediately cast doubt on the findings and denied any involvement.
While he was recovering, Navalny and his team – already with a large social media following in tow – partnered with data investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat as well as other international news organizations, including CNN, to investigate his attempted murder. Participation to commit and find evidence of the Kremlin.
“We are glad to have Navalny at this year’s festival,” said festival director Tabitha Jackson. “When we saw this film in early fall, we all knew right away we wanted and waited for it: vibrant cinema in the present tense, Incredible reach, fearless investigative journalism, a compelling hero who speaks truth to power – all directed and produced in a beautifully edited, timely non-fiction thriller that deals with the highest stakes for freedom of expression. ,
“Courageously confronting injustice through cinematic storytelling has been embedded in Sundance’s DNA since its inception. My team and I can’t imagine premiering at any other festival. We’re thrilled that Sundance audiences are enjoying our film the most. Let’s see first and see the extraordinary courage of Alexei Navalny, ”said Rohr.
The photo is produced by Diane Baker, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris and Odessa Rae.
Previous covert screenings that took place during live editions of Sundance include Get Out, Eddie the Eagle, And Tully.
Rohr has directed the 2019 documentary once there was brother Which follows the young life of Robbie Robertson and the rise of The Band. The film won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at TIFF that year.