Documentary, Biography Rated: R 99 min

Following his assassination attempt by poisoning with a lethal nerve agent in August 2020, Russian lawyer and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, recovering in a Berlin hospital, makes shocking discoveries about the attempt on his life and decides to return home to face the Kremlin head on. Arrested the moment he touches down in Moscow, he now languishes in a Russian penal colony. In this CNN Films and HBO Max co-produced documentary thriller, filmmaker Daniel Roher reveals a courageous and controversial would-be president at the precipice of sacrificing everything in order to bring reform to his homeland. It is Roher’s hope that the film will spark “global outrage and outcry” over Navalny’s imprisonment.

Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary

“It is more chilling and absorbing than any spy fiction, because it’s all real, and ominous, too.” — John Doyle, Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Roher has assembled a tense and absorbing look at Navalny and his inner circle.” — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
directed by
Daniel Roher
Alexei Navalny, Yulia Navalnaya, Dasha Navalnaya
English, Russian, German
United States
production company
Fathom Events