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NAVALNY: Political Opposition in Russia and the Power of Documentary

April 25, 2023
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JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School and livestreamed
Join Christo Grozev, Shane Boris, Julia Minson, and Ann Cooper for a discussion about the film NAVALNY, political opposition and media in Russia, and the ways that documentary film can influence political and personal futures.

In the Oscar-winning documentary NAVALNY, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny works in Berlin with investigative journalists Christo Grozev and Maria Pevchikh to uncover the machinations behind his almost fatal poisoning. Bravely returning home to continue his efforts toward political change, Navalny has been sitting in a Russian penal colony since 2021 with an over 11-year sentence to serve.

From the rise of an oppositional voice to using every means necessary to suppress it, NAVALNY reveals the underbelly of a Russian political environment dominated by deception, fear and state violence. What does it take to capture an investigation of this magnitude and consequence? How can films like NAVALNY inspire change or even save the life of its protagonist? In the war for truth, how does narrative and documentary challenge or disrupt disinformation campaigns?

Please join us for a discussion about Navalny’s journey, the making of the film, and the landscape of Russian propaganda and disinformation with Christo Grozev (lead Russia investigator at Bellingcat, who appears in the film), Shane Boris (producer of NAVALNY) and Julia Minson (Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS) in a conversation moderated by Ann Cooper (first Moscow Bureau Chief for NPR, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Journalism School, and Spring 2020 Shorenstein Fellow).

This event will be at the JFK Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics, and is co-sponsored by the IOP, the Harvard Club of Toronto, and Harvardwood.

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