“The defector”: an American documentary that tells the story of Khashoggi’s death


A documentary film about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. The Washington Post says it could strike the world of films and US-Saudi relations.

The newspaper adds that after “the killing of Khashoggi in 2018 was a historic and brutal event that drew attention to the fragility of freedom of expression in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the supposed reformer, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it has now become a cinema characterized by – not only drama and excitement – but also by highlighting On one of the most shocking events in contemporary relations between the United States and the Middle East. “

The newspaper also indicated that the film is likely to shed more light on Saudi Arabia and the US companies it deals with based on the principle of profit.

The documentary is directed by American Brian Vogel, who also co-wrote it alongside American Mark Monory, both of whom work in writing and production. They are known more for “Icarus”, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2018.

The film played a role in prompting the United Nations to publish its findings regarding the alleged Saudi phone penetration of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The newspaper adds that UN investigator Anees Kalamar – who interviewed the film – believes that the news of the phone penetration is only the beginning of the impact of the film.

“The film is much more powerful than any report you can write to convey the story to a large number of people,” Kalamar told the Washington Post, noting that the court of public opinion is a form of accountability, despite its different procedures from judicial procedures.


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