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‘Navalny’ Screens At Thessaloniki Competition, Honoring Russian Reformer

‘Navalny’ Screens At Thessaloniki Competition, Honoring Russian Reformer


Alexei Navalny’s sacrifice for democracy is being acknowledged within the place the place the idea of presidency by the folks first flourished.

Greece’s Thessaloniki Worldwide Documentary Competition programmed the documentary Navalny in honor of the Russian opposition chief and democratic reformer, who died in an Arctic jail in northern Russia on February 16. The movie directed by Daniel Roher gained the Academy Award for Finest Documentary Characteristic nearly precisely a yr in the past.

Navalny examines the anti-corruption crusader’s effort to analyze an incident in 2020 by which he fell grievously ailing after being secretly dosed with the neurotoxin Novichok. With assist from a Bulgarian investigative journalist, Navalny decided the assassination plot had been applied by Kremlin brokers. After recuperating in Germany, Navalny made the fateful determination to return to Russia in 2021, whereupon he was instantly arrested and later tried and imprisoned.

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Alexei Navalny in Moscow’s Metropolis Courtroom on Could 24, 2022

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The TiDF program writes, “Within the aftermath of the startling and filled with unanswered questions dying of the political prisoner Alexei Navalny, who had been repeatedly persecuted by Vladimir Putin’s regime, earlier than leaving his ultimate breath at a maximum-security jail within the Arctic, the breathtaking documentary that gained the Academy Award for Finest Documentary Characteristic in 2023, appears to foreshadow within the hardest method the destiny of the Russian activist, whereas rendering homage to his political legacy.”

Head of Programming Yorgos Krassakopoulos

Head of Programming Yorgos Krassakopoulos


Together with the movie “was a totally last-minute addition,” Yorgos Krassakopoulos, head of each the Thessaloniki Movie Competition and Thessaloniki Worldwide Documentary Competition, defined to Deadline. “We have been on the Berlin Movie Competition when Navalny’s dying occurred, and I instantly phoned Orestis [Andreadakis, artistic director of TiDF] and I mentioned, You learn the information? And he mentioned, sure. And we mentioned, we now have to do one thing about it.”

Krassakopoulos continued, “We modified issues, and we discovered a spot for it as a result of the information was so surprising, we knew that should do one thing. [Navalny’s death] speaks about what’s so flawed with Russia as of late, and never simply Russia. It’s one thing that you simply see popping up in nations all over the world.”

Yulia Navalnaya at the Oscars March 12, 2023

Yulia Navalnaya addresses the Oscar viewers March 12, 2023

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In an emotional second eventually yr’s Oscar ceremony, Roher, his producers, and Navalny’s household took the stage after the documentary was introduced because the winner. Yulia Navalnaya, Alexei’s spouse, informed the viewers, “My husband is in jail only for telling the reality. My husband is in jail only for defending democracy. Alexei, I’m dreaming of the day when you’ll be free and our nation can be free. Keep sturdy.”

Navalnaya is continuous her husband’s reformist mission within the wake of his dying at age 47. She “urged her supporters to protest in opposition to Putin by voting en masse at midday native time within the 17 March election, forming massive crowds and overwhelming polling stations,” in keeping with a report by the Guardian.

“I need to do what he thought was proper,” Navalny’s widow mentioned in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday. “There are a lot of folks round you who’re anti-Putin and anti-war, and if we come on the identical time, our anti-Putin voice can be a lot louder.”


TiDF’s transfer so as to add the documentary to the lineup comes because it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece. The pageant is screening 4 movies pertaining to the subject, together with Jules Dassin’s 1974 documentary The Rehearsal, and the 2022 documentary The Killing of a Journalist directed by Matt Sarnecki. The latter movie investigates the homicide of Slovakian journalist and his fiancée, linking it to “a businessman intently linked to the nation’s ruling celebration. Trawling… encrypted messages, journalists uncover that their nation has been captured by corrupt oligarchs, judges and legislation enforcement officers.”

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Athens, Greece- Armored vehicle patrols street here Dec. 13 after the Greek military junta announced that King Constantine's counter coup had been crushed.

An armored car patrols Athens road Dec. 13, 1967 after the Greek navy junta crushes a counter-coup.

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Greece, too, has gone via its personal interval of authoritarian rule. In 1967 a coup d’état introduced a navy junta to energy. An enormous scholar protest in 1973 on the Athens Polytechnic was put down with lethal power, however the pro-democracy motion proceed to develop. In 1974 the navy regime collapsed and by the next yr a democratic structure had been adopted.

The TiDF program writes, “The twenty sixth Thessaloniki Worldwide Documentary Competition honors the completion of half a century for the reason that restoration of the democratic regime in Greece with a sequence of occasions that render homage to the courageous anti-dictatorship wrestle, reminding us that Democracy isn’t solely a type of authorities, but in addition an total lifestyle and perspective that calls for vigilance, sacrifices and self-reflection.”

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou (center) with filmmaker Fernando Trueba (right) and Orestis Andreadakis, festival artistic director.

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou (middle) with filmmaker Fernando Trueba (proper) and Orestis Andreadakis, pageant creative director.


In an handle formally opening the 2th version of the pageant, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou underscored the methods by which nonfiction filmmaking each helps and displays democratic values. Documentaries, she mentioned, “are, in just some phrases, a style with profound democratic options, synonymous with freedom of expression, and unobstructed circulate of concepts.”

She alluded to the pageant’s determination to spotlight the 50th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece, noting, “That is one more alternative to say our confidence in the one structure by which there aren’t any human beings trapped in discrimination and stereotypes, no limitations to freedom of expression, or deprivation of elementary rights. Being conscious that democracy is a fragile idea, one we should endlessly domesticate, defend, and shield.”



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