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Winner – Scotiabank Docs For Schools Student's Choice Award

APR 30, 6:30 PM // Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Navalny director Daniel Roher and special guests join us to discuss Navalny's current situation, making a real life "political thriller," and what this story can tell us about the strategy and mindset of Russia's ruling elite. Hosted by film curator and writer Dorota Lech. This Big Ideas discussion will also be available to stream online with the film.

About the film
In August 2020 while on a plane travelling from Siberia to Moscow, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government. As his wife urgently attempts to get Navalny out of Russia and to safety in Germany, the attention of the world becomes focused on this bold, outspoken politician and his mission to shine a light on corruption at the highest levels of Russian leadership and offer an alternative to decades of authoritarian rule. In this taut political thriller, Canadian filmmaker Daniel Roher captures incredible footage of Navalny partnering with journalists and international news organizations (including data journalism pioneer Christo Grozev of Bellingcat) to investigate his attempted assassination and find proof of the Kremlin's involvement. As the poisoning plot is unraveled before the camera, we see not only how intricately planned it was, but how far the Kremlin is willing to go to maintain its vice-like grip on power. Shane Smith


  • Director(s)

    • Daniel Roher
  • Producer(s)

    • Odessa Rae
    • Diane Becker
    • Melanie Miller
    • Shane Boris
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Amy Entelis
    • Courtney Sexton
    • Maria Pevchikh
  • Editor(s)

    • Langdon Page
    • Maya Daisy Hawke
  • Cinematography

    • Niki Waltl
  • Composer

    • Marius deVries

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