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The Dissident

  • Petone: 11 Mar 2021
  • Cuba: 11 Mar 2021
Runtime: 117 min
Has Subtitles
GENRES: Documentary
LANGUAGE: English, Arabic, Turkish
Violence & content that may disturb
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★★★★½ "A compelling, engrossing and important document that simply needs to be seen." - Stuff.co.nz. 

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 (Icarus) 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. 

BAFTA Award nominee for Best Documentary 

97% Certified Fresh - Rotten Tomatoes 

★★★★½ "a deep, admirable and rigorously well put together examination of the Khashoggi murder" - Stuff.co.nz

★★★★ "This sinister story is told with the breakneck pacing and paranoid edge of a Tony Scott thriller." - Time Out

★★★★ "a fierce, forceful and highly illuminating film" - Guardian

★★★½ /4 "Completely shocking and gripping... Needs to be seen by as many people as possible, as quickly as possible" - RogerEbert.com

"Compelling. A propulsive cinematic thriller" - Screen Daily 

★★★★★ - AARP  |  ★★★★ - Arizona Republic  |  ★★★★ - Daily Telegraph  |  ★★★★ - Empire Magazine

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