10.12.2021 & 03.05.2022 Worldwide Screening: “The Dissident” von Bryan Fogel

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) invites individuals, cinemas, schools, universities, media and cultural institutions to participate in a worldwide film screening of »The Dissident« by Bryan Fogel. The screenings will take place on 10 December 2021, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the United Nations in Paris in 1948, and on 3 May 2022, The World Press Freedom Day.


The documentary »The Dissident« reconstructs the background of the murder of the Saudi Washington Post journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 and illuminates the geopolitical and power-strategic context of the case.

With the Worldwide Screening of Bryan Fogel’s film, we want to commemorate Jamal Khashoggi’s struggle for human rights and freedom of press and contribute to ensure that his commitment to an open, pluralistic Saudi Arabia is not forgotten.

With the film screening on the The World Press Freedom Day we also want to focus on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, especially the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Saudi Arabia ranks fifth among countries that control the Internet through spying techniques, censors and trolls. Dozens of journalists are currently in prison for the same reason that exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, and Saudi Arabia ranks 170th in the World Press Freedom Index.

»The Dissident«: American documentary filmmaker and Academy Award winner Bryan Fogel spent two years researching for the film. The two-hour documentary analyses the course of events at the consulate in Istanbul and also sheds light on how those in power in Saudi Arabia suppress freedom of the press and manipulate public opinion with trolls and bots. Turkish investigators, journalists and opposition members in exile, Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz and the former CIA director John Brennan have their say.

Jamal Khashoggi (*1958 in Medina, Saudi Arabia) was the director of the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan. As of 2017, he was living in the USA. In his texts, he openly criticised the Saudi Arabian government and was a member of an oppositional Twitter network.

With the Worldwide Screening, the ilb continues the series of worldwide readings it has been organising since 2006 on various topics, mainly related to human rights, as well as the first two Worldwide Screenings from 2020.

The film The Dissident is available as video on demand from various streaming providers in English, Turkish, Arabis and German and from August 2021 also as DVD in bookshops. Screening rights must be clarified individually with the distributor – we are happy to provide information about distributors.

Institutions and individuals who would like to participate with a screening on 10 December 2021 and/or on 3 May 2022 are asked to send us the following information: Organisers, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable. The email address is: worldwidescreening@literaturfestival.com. The ilb will announce the events on the website www.literaturfestival.com and on social media.

Participants 03.05.2022



Maarschalk Gérardstraat 4. 2000 – Antwerpen

03.05., 8:30 pm


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Cinematek, Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin

03.05. – 10.05.2022, all-day

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Anton-Saefkow-Platz 14, 10369 Berlin

03.05.2022, 5:00 pm



Im Linden-Center , Prerower Platz 2, 13051 Berlin

03.05.2022, 5:00 pm



Erich-Kurz-Straße 9, 10319 Berlin

03.05.2022, 4:00 pm



Frankfurter Allee 149, 10365 Berlin

03.05.2022, 4:00 pm



Greifswalder Str. 87, 10409 Berlin

03.05.2022, all-day



Brunnenstraße 181, 10119 Berlin

03.05.2022, 6:00 pm


Goethe-Institut Athen

Goethe-Institut Athen, Omirou 14-16, 106 72, Athen

03.05.2022, 6:00 pm

After the screening, a discussion with local journalists will take place around the topic of press freedom and with a focus on the situation in Greece. The names of the journalists will be announced soon.
The film will be shown in the original language with English subtitles. The discussion will be held in Greek.
More Information can be found here.

Participants 10.12.2021

Czech Republic

Goethe-Institut Prag

Masarykovo nábř. 32, 110 00 Nové Město, Czech Republic


Amnesty International Bezirk Berlin-Charlottenburg

Bundesplatz-Kino, Bundesplatz 14, 10715 Berlin

10.12.2021, 15:00 – 17:00 Uhr

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Gäst_innenhaus Jakob e.V.

Buchhainer Str. 8, 35315 Homberg (Ohm)- Dannenrod

10.12.2021, 19:30 Uhr

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Sandalia /Alaraby TV – Kirsten Müller-von der Heyden & Maksim Alissa

Sandalia – Un’Isola a Berlino, Schillerstraße 106, 10625 Berlin-Charlottenburg

10.12.2021, 20:00 Uhr

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Ulme35 / Interkulturanstalten

Ulmenallee 35, 14050 Berlin-Westend

10.12.2021, 19:00 – 21:30 Uhr

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Embassy of I.R.Iran in Berlin 

Behzad Mohammadi


Goethe-Institut Madrid



Goethe-Institut Tunis
Amilcar, Centre Alyssa, El Manar 1, 2092 Tunis
10.12.2021, 7:00 pm