A hero for our times: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good people to do nothing. So, don’t be inactive.”
SUBJECTS — World-Russia; Post-Cold War Era
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage, Ambition, Human Rights, Leadership, Male Role Model (Navalny)
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility, Citizenship
AGE — 15 and up.
Documentary, Rated R (Based on our review of this film it is appropriate for anyone 15 years of age and up.) In Russian and English, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes. Watch on CNN platforms and HBO Max.
DESCRIPTION — This film introduces Alexei Navalny, Russian anti-corruption activist, politician, and dissident. It describes the effort of the Russian government to kill him using the nerve poison Novichok, Navalny’s evacuation for recuperation in a German hospital, the detective work that identified the agents of the Russian security service who tried to kill him, the unwitting confession of one of them, Navalny’s return to Russia, and his ultimate imprisonment. Navalny is a charming charismatic figure always alive to the humor of the situations of his life. His willingness to sacrifice his freedom and his life for his country is inspiring.