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“A detailed investigation into the Saudi Arabia regime and the companies and governments that do business with it. One of the most high-profile documentaries at the Park City festival…Greeted with a raucous standing ovation and immediate acclaim”.

Associated Press

Hilary Clinton at Sundance 2020

…said Clinton who attended the Friday night premiere of the Bryan Fogel feature that was taking place at the MARC theater. “They do a chillingly effective job of demonstrating the swarm that social media can be…”


“The film came to Sundance hoping to secure distribution, and Fogel used the starry debut to implore studios and streaming services interested in buying the project to commit to an unflinching release despite the hot-button topic…”



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.


“A deep, deep docu-dive into the killing of Jamal Kashoggi, before, after, and (shudder) during. Utterly damning, terribly sad, wholly enraging. A good bet that everyone at the screening is now checking their phones for Pegasus spyware.”



The Boston Globe

“Bryan Fogel’s Icarus follow-up THE DISSIDENT is a searing indictment of Saudi Arabia/MBS’s assassination of Khashoggi and continued campaign against dissidents. Expertly crafted balance of focus between characters and issues.”



Screen Anarchy

“A stunning film that everyone needs to see.”



New York Magazine

“A harrowing investigation into the death of Jamal Khahoggi, in which the Saudis acted so disgracefully, they make both Turkey and Bezos seem heroic. Trump, of course, remains the most craven sort of villain. Required viewing in the social media age.”



Arkansas Democrat Gazette