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A Jamal Khashoggi Documentary Could Take the Film World — and U.S.-Saudi Relations — by Storm



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NICASIO, Calif. — The killing of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 was a historic event, a brutal wake-up call about the fragility of free speech under a supposedly reformist Saudi Arabian leader.
Now it’s poised to turn into something else: a cinematic event.
On Friday, the Oscar-winning director Bryan Fogel, who previously investigated Russian doping with the film “Icarus,” will unveil a documentary about Khashoggi, called “The Dissident,” at the Sundance Film Festival.
Layered with news, drama and moral excoriation, the film not only examines one of the most shocking events in modern Middle East-U.S. relations, but it is also likely to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on both Saudi Arabia and the profit-minded American companies that do business with it.

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