Alexei Navalny Documentary Set From CNN Films & HBO Max – Deadline


CNN Films and HBO Max are partnering for a documentary on anti-corruption Russian authorities opposition chief Alexei Navalny.

Described as a documentary thriller and shot because the story unfolded, Navalny follows the person who survived an assassination try by poisoning with a deadly nerve agent in August 2020. During his months-long restoration he makes stunning discoveries in regards to the try on his life and decides to return residence. Despite the dangers, he willingly returned to Russia in January 2021 and was arrested moments after touchdown in Moscow for leaving the nation, associated to a previous suspended sentence.

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The movie, which can air on CNN in North America, is directed by Daniel Roher, who helmed the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival opener Once Were Brothers. “Having a front seat to history while shooting this film was a life-changing experience,” he stated. “I am grateful to CNN Films and HBO Max for their unwavering support and their commitment to amplifying the unbelievable story of one man and his fight against an authoritarian regime.”

Here’s just a little extra background: In August 2020, a aircraft touring from Siberia to Moscow made an emergency touchdown. One of its passengers was Navalny, and he was deathly unwell. He was taken to an area Siberian hospital and evacuated to Berlin, the place the German authorities finally decided he had been poisoned with Novichok, a deadly nerve agent implicated in assaults on different opponents of the Russian authorities.

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Navalny and his workforce realized in regards to the try on his life from the information investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat, which together with different worldwide information organizations, together with CNN, uncovered essential particulars in regards to the plot and its potential hyperlinks to the Kremlin. President Vladimir Putin denied any involvement within the assault and accused information organizations that reported on the investigation of “information warfare,” facilitated by international particular companies.

Navalny is produced by Raefilm Studios’ Odessa Rae, Fishbowl Films’ Diane Becker and Melanie Miller and Cottage M’s Shane Boris. Exec producers are Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton of CNN Films and Maria Pevchikh. HBO Max and CNN+ maintain streaming rights.

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