The thriller feeling documentary feature film about the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 is being compared to Spotlight which won Best Picture in 2016.
The film will be will distributed in the U.S. by Briarcliff Entertainment which is now run by the man who distributed Spotlight at Open Road Films back then. The film directed by Brian Fogel, was paid for by the Human Rights Foundation. It premiered at Sundance this year before the pandemic hit to rave reviews but many distributors shied away from picking it up as some do business with the House of Saud.
Briarcliff plans a theater and VOD release late this year around the second anniversary of the assassination. Fogel told The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes the film will enshrine the man's memory and ensures justice is served and that society no longer turns a blind eye to brutal human rights violations. Fogel told THR "I am thrilled the film will receive a truly independent release, detached from corporate and special interests, so that we can authentically work towards these worthy outcomes."
The doc interviews Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee; Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist Khashoggi secretly collaborating with Khashoggi and Turkish intelligence officials who provided the transcript of Khashoggi's last living moments.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter reports that his fiancee said "When Bryan shared his idea to make the film, I was initially reluctant. But as we worked together, I came to realize that Bryan believed in Jamal's cause and values. No one has told this difficult and painful story better than Bryan. I am grateful for him, for his courage, and for immortalizing Jamal with this movie. I believe it will raise awareness about Jamal's unjust killing and remind everyone that his killers are still not punished."
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