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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.

With exclusive access to the Turkish government’s evidence; to Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz; and to Khashoggi’s close friend and fellow Saudi insurgent, Omar Abdulaziz, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Bryan Fogel unearths hidden secrets in this real-life international thriller that will continue to rock the world long after the headlines have faded away.

Chillingly powerful and heartbreakingly candid, THE DISSIDENT is an intimate portrait of a man who sacrificed everything for freedom of speech. With this cogent film, Fogel joins a cadre of dreamers across the globe who refuse to squelch the life’s work of an intrepid rebel, who, even after death, is defying those who sought to silence him forever.

  • Director: Bryan Fogel
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Crime | Documentary | Thriller
  • Year: 2020
  • Run Time: 01:57:15
  • imdb Score: 8.1/10 (2,663 votes)
  • Language: Arabic, Turkish, English
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Cast: Jamal Khashoggi
"An immaculately assembled and massively damning non-fiction work. The director fashions a shadowy international tale of intrigue into a searing indictment of not just Khashoggi’s murder but of the entire Saudi regime and all who do business with it. THE DISSIDENT deserves to be seen widely."
Jake Coyle - ASSOCIATE PRESS

"This is a documentary both tragic and poignant, not to mention maddening in that only a few underlings, and not the perpetrators, will pay for the crime committed in Istanbul. The evidence is all here for the world to see."
Todd McCarthy - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"THE DISSIDENT is riveting, but it’s also a moving testament to a man whose courage burned too brightly to die with him."
Owen Gleiberman - VARIETY

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