The National Press Club
in cooperation with Current Time and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
invites you to a screening and discussion of the documentary film
(in Russian with English subtitles) featuring award-winning director Vitaly Mansky.
- Wednesday, January 16
- National Press Club
- 529 14th St NW, 13th Floor
- Washington, DC
On January 16, the National Press Club (NPC), in cooperation with Current Time and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), invites you to a screening of Putin’s Witnesses, a documentary film that Variety called “riveting” and “incensed.”
Acclaimed Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky's Putin’s Witnesses documents the events that followed the unexpected resignation of Russian President Boris Yeltsin in December 1999 and brought Vladimir Putin to power. Mansky filmed the transition in his capacity as head of documentaries for Russian national television, a position that yielded him unparalleled on- and off-screen access to Putin and the personalities who orchestrated his rise.
Putin’s Witnesses, released to mark the 20th anniversary of these events, draws upon hundreds of hours of this original footage to provide a remarkably intimate portrait of Putin’s construction of power. Says Mansky, “My testimony is very important not only for Russian society -- to cure it from an advanced illness, but also to other countries -- to prevent them from losing their freedom.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Vitaly Mansky; New Yorker columnist, CNN analyst, and co-author of Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution Susan Glasser; and Current Time Executive Editor/Features Kenan Aliyev. The discussion will be moderated by NPC President Alison Kodjak.
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