The Dissident (2020)

PLEASE NOTE: No English subtitles / only partial English dialogue!

A cinematic retelling of the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi requires no embellishments. The raw facts are sinister and dramatic in themselves, involving a gruesome killing inside a consulate in a foreign country, an ambitious prince intolerant of dissenters and a kingdom with far-reaching financial clout. Yet Bryan Fogel’s new documentary, The Dissident, goes the extra mile, deploying an aggressive score, frenzied editing and C.G.I. elements to drive home the pathos of Khashoggi’s story and what it reveals about Saudi Arabia’s insidious machinery of surveillance and repression.

Devika Girish, The New York Times

When it comes to edge-of-your-seat intrigue, this is a movie with just about everything. It’s got mystery and conspiracy coalescing around men of unfathomable power. It’s got inside-the-palace-walls homicidal backstabbing. It’s got a freedom-fighting martyr-hero, Khashoggi himself. (…) It has the shadow intrigue of cyber-warfare (including the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ cell phone). And at its sinister center, it has a murder carried out like a Mob hit.

Owen Gleiberman, Variety

  • Language: Arabic, English, Turkish
  • Subtitles: Finnish
  • Distribution: NonStop Entertainment
  • Cinematography: Jake Swantko
  • Editing: Scott D. Hanson, James Leche, Wyatt Rogowski, Avner Shiloah
  • Music: Adam Peters
  • Sound: Steve Boeddeker
  • Production design: Gary Breslin, Matthew Turke