The Sundance Film festival 2021 is featuring some remarkably stunning pieces by acclaimed directors. Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident” was among such highly anticipated films. The film made its debut at the festival and had names such as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin in its attendees at the premiere.
“I hope that this film will make other countries, their government and business leaders reassess their relationship with Saudi Arabia until they reform,” said Fogel in an interview after the premiere.
Khashoggi’s fiancee Cengiz was also present at the premiere of the documentary at the 2021 Sundance festival. She has taken the role of getting justice for her late fiance as a public figure now. In an interview, she stated, “I’m happy because this film will keep the story alive. This film helped me to continue this fighting as a human, as a woman, as a victim.”
Kashoggi was murdered in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went there to pick up paperwork for his marriage to fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. The film reveals in detail the blames that were put on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who ordered the killing according to the CIA. “The Dissident” presents an intriguing element on the investigation of murder, unveiling the relation between the Saudi regime and the companies that do business with it. The 2021 Sundance movies portray an interesting lineup of films and documentaries, and the festival tickets are selling fast.