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Navalny

Opens on May 1

Director: Daniel Roher Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: English, Russian

Starring: Alexey Navalny, Daria Navalnaya, Maria Pevchikh, Yulia Navalnaya, Zakhar Navalny

Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

In August 2020, a plane traveling from Siberia to Moscow made an emergency landing. One of its passengers, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was deathly ill. Taken to a local Siberian hospital and eventually evacuated to Berlin, doctors 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 recovering, Navalny and his team—already with a large social media following in tow—partnered with the data investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat as well as other international news organizations to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin’s involvement. In NAVALNY, filmmaker Daniel Roher reveals a courageous and controversial would-be president at the precipice of sacrificing everything in order to bring reform to his homeland.

—Basil Tsiokos, Sundance Film Festival

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