During an August 2020 flight from Siberia to Moscow, someone poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a deadly nerve agent but doctors at a German hospital were able to save his life. After his recovery, the politician joined his family, filmmaker Daniel Roher, and an unexpected cadre of sleuths in setting out to show the world who tried to kill him and why. In Roher’s riveting documentary, Navalny emerges as a resolute yet amiable man, determined to press on with his campaign against the status quo even as threats remain against him. This meticulous and thrilling film, the Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Audience Award winner, lays bare the violence and terror that is waged against any who oppose the status quo in Russia.
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Between 2011 and 2018, Daniel Roher made 10 short documentaries, among them Kids of the Rocket Siren (2013), Resolute (2014), Conversations with a Dead Prime Minister (2015), Sourtoe: The Story of the Sorry Cannibal (2016), and Dilveen (2018). He made his feature documentary debut with Once Were Brothers (2019), executive produced by Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese. His second feature, Navalny (2022), captured two Sundance Film Festival prizes, the U.S. Documentary Audience Award and the Festival Favorite Award. He recently spoke at Denmark’s CPH:DOX on gaining access to political figures and shooting history as it unfolds.
Language English, Russian
Country USA, Germany, Russia
Director Daniel Roher
Executive Producer Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton, Maria Pevchikh
Producer Diane Becker, Shane Boris, Melanie Miller, Odessa Rae
Editor Langdon Page, Maya Daisy Hawke
Cinematographer Niki Waltl
Music Marius de Vries
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