Munich Dok.Fest opened with a big premiere

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Putin's opponent Alexei Navalny in the documentary about him.
Fights for his freedom – and that of the Russian people: Putin’s opponent Alexei Navalny in the documentary about him. © Dok.Fest Munich

The Munich Dok.Fest 2022 is open! The 37th edition of the festival at the Deutsches Theater in Munich kicked off with Daniel Roher’s documentary “Navalny” about Putin’s opponent Alexei Navalny. You can experience the highest art of documentary film here until May 14 and digitally until May 22!

The star of the film is warned. Alexei Navalny did not walk the red carpet at the Deutsches Theater in Munich on Monday evening – Alexei Navalny sits, struggling, in pain in the Pokrov prison camp. On March 22, about a month into Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the prison term of what is probably the country’s best-known opposition figure was extended from two and a half to nine years. for alleged fraud. As indicated, Alexei Navalny’s lawyers have appealed and are asking for an acquittal. Because his client is not someone who can be slowed down. He fights for his freedom – and that of the Russian people.

“Navalny”: the moving opening film of the 37th Munich Dok.Fest

The documentary “Navalny”, which opened the 37th Munich Dok.Fest, tells how unconditionally he does it. The film follows Putin’s fearless adversary Navalny from the assassination attempt by the Russian secret service to his return to Moscow and imprisonment. The hours during which his wife fights for Alexei’s life in the Russian hospital are particularly moving; when he is rescued from Charité in Berlin and regains his strength in the Black Forest. The stay there is the main concern. Together with his family, his team and the Bulgarian journalist Christo Grozev, Navalny managed to uncover the assassination attempt against him.

“Navalny” is timely work. It shows the power of the documentary genre; and also shows how networked Dok.Fest boss Daniel Sponsel is in the scene: “Navalny” celebrated its German premiere in Munich.

Daniel Sponsel, director of Dok.Fest Munich
Daniel Sponsel, director of Dok.Fest Munich © Dok.Fest Munich

“Our festival focuses on socially relevant and artistically valuable films from around the world. We select them for a diverse audience in every way and want to make them globally accessible,” said Daniel Sponsel in his welcome speech. And is therefore all the happier to finally be back in analog theaters after two years. At the Deutsches Theater, the City Kinos, the Rio and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF) – and in all other places where meetings are again possible. First side by side in an armchair in front of the screen, then in a common conversation about what we have just seen. Documentaries that move – because life itself writes the craziest stories.

Munich’s Dok.Fest runs until May 14, 2022 at venues across Munich. And digitally here May 9-22.

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