Navalny (2023)

Navalny (2023)

An urgent profile of Russia’s fiercest advocate (and Vladimir Putin’s greatest opponent)

7.5

Movie

Switzerland, United States of America
English, German, Russian
Documentary, Drama, Thriller
2022
DANIEL ROHER
Alexey Navalny, Angela Merkel, Dasha Navalnaya
98 min

What it's about

Follows the man who survived an assassination attempt by poisoning with a lethal nerve agent in August 2020. During his months-long recovery, he makes shocking discoveries about the attempt on his life and decides to return home.

The take

In the words of the journalist Christo Grozev, Alexei Navalny isn’t just a politician; he’s also an internet personality, reporter, investigator, lawyer, and opposition leader who’s up against one of the biggest regimes in the world. He’s a dangerous man, a top Kremlin target, and the documentary gives us incredible access into the ins and outs of his daily operations. 

It’s always astonishing to see a hero humanized, especially since the documentary makes sure to balance newsworthy events with quiet moments of rest and reflection. But more than just a profile, Navalny is a valiant work of investigative journalism, as well as a timely reminder of the importance of activism. It's relevant, revelatory, and rousing; a must-watch in our ever-heating political climate. 

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