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The Dissident (2020)

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Coming Out at January 8, 2021 in theaters

Documentary, Crime, Thriller

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.

Director: Bryan Fogel

Writers: Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe

Stars: Omar Abdulaziz, Fahrettin Altun, John O. Brennan, Hatice Cengiz, Anthony J. Ferrante, Abdulhamit Gul, David Ignatius

►Cast

Omar AbdulazizInterviewee
Fahrettin AltunInterviewee
John O. BrennanInterviewee
Hatice CengizInterviewee
Anthony J. FerranteInterviewee
Abdulhamit GulInterviewee
David IgnatiusInterviewee
Wadah KhanfarInterviewee
Turan KislackiInterviewee
Fatih OkeInterviewee
John Scott-RailtonInterviewee
Yasin AktayInterviewee
Sedar AtasInterviewee
Agnès CallamardInterviewee
Iyad El-BaghdadiInterviewee
Irfan FidanInterviewee
Shane HarrisInterviewee
David KayeInterviewee
Recep KillicInterviewee
Ayman NourInterviewee
Fred RyanInterviewee
Mohamed SoltanInterviewee
Jeff Bezos
Jamal Khashoggi(archive footage)
Mohammad Bin SalmanCrown Prince of Saudi Arabia (archive footage)
Donald TrumpPresident of the United States (archive footage)

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