Virtual LEAP Film Series: The Dissident

The Dissent Posters

Please join us for this documentary film Q&A session with Academy Award-winning director, Bryan Fogel, to discuss questions of leadership and ethics in the high-profile murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Featuring never-before-seen surveillance footage from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and unprecedented access to information previously unavailable to the public, this powerful film weaves together a story of courage, money, abuse of power, tyranny, love, heartbreak, and technology run amok. 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. The Dissident is an intimate portrait of a man who sacrificed everything for the freedom of speech. 
Despite receiving standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival and Zurich Film Festival premieres, and awards at the Aspen and Middleburg Film Festivals, no major studio or streaming platform made an offer to acquire and distribute the film. The incongruence around the distribution of such a well-received film has sparked a vigorous discussion in major news outlets.

This critically-acclaimed feature film is produced by the Human Rights Foundation.

*Please note that you should (but are not required) Watch this film prior to the Q&A session at 4:00 pm EST.