The Dissident

2020

The Dissident

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Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was critical of his beloved Saudi Arabia and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and never came out. His fiancée and dissidents around the world are left to piece together clues to his brutal murder-and in their dogged quest for truth, they expose a global cover-up perpetrated by the very country he loved. With exclusive access to the Turkish government's evidence; to Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz; and to Khashoggi's close friend and fellow Saudi insurgent, Omar Abdulaziz, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bryan Fogel unearths hidden secrets in this real-life international thriller that will continue to rock the world long after the headlines have faded away. Chillingly powerful and heartbreakingly candid, The Dissident is an intimate portrait of a man who sacrificed everything for freedom of speech. With this cogent film, Fogel joins a cadre of dreamers across the globe who refuse to squelch the life's work of an intrepid rebel, who, even after death, is defying those who sought to silence him forever.

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  • [The Dissident] needs to be seen by as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

    January 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Fogel assembles a sturdy compendium of talking heads to explain how Khashoggi managed to speak truth to power for so long, and why his fate reverberates for other Saudis who share his sentiments.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • Fogel's investigation is vigorous, deep and comprehensive.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's become common, if not cliché, for a critic reviewing a documentary about a turbulent real-world event to write something like, "It exerts the power of a true-life thriller!" Well, make no mistake: "The Dissident" does.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Icarus Oscar-winner's analysis is robust and well-illustrated and he moves at a pace, even if the scoring from Adam Peters is over-insistent in places.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Dissident holds few new revelations but presents its case with enough infuriating evidence and storytelling power to make it worthwhile.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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