The British “BBC” network has re-shed light on the film “The Defector”, which narrates the details of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And that after the publication of the US intelligence report on the killing of Jamal.
The premiere in Britain
Interval “BBC“The film will be shown for the first time in Britain on the Internet at the Glasgow Film Festival. Indicating that this will be next Saturday, the sixth of March.
The network quoted the Oscar-crowned director, Brian Vogel, as saying that he believes that the Saudi crown prince will not face any official investigation into the killing.
Director Vogel’s film “The Defector” attempts to explore what happened to Khashoggi and who, possibly, ordered his killing. Khashoggi’s body has not been found, and the Saudi crown prince denies any involvement in the killing.
Based on the transcripts of the recordings obtained from the Turkish government, Vogel’s film indicates that Khashoggi, a journalist for the “Washington Post” who chose for himself self-exile in America. He was strangled and then dismembered inside the Saudi consulate building.
The film also investigates the use of spyware and hacking into the phones of Saudi activists living in exile.
It is among those Exhibitions Canadian resident Omar Abdulaziz, who was in contact with Khashoggi before his death.
“I do not think that the crown prince will face any warrant from Interpol to arrest him when he lands in his private plane (in any other country) and taken to The Hague or deported to Istanbul or the United States,” Vogel says.
“This will not happen,” he adds. This environment, in which we find ourselves, is in constant contradiction and conflict with human rights. Leaders like Mohammed bin Salman argue that their money can buy them a way out of such events.
He added, “There will be no accountability, unless there are joint and sustained efforts by countries in this regard.”
Vogel said he welcomes the re-evaluation of relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration, recalling the intimate relations between the two countries during the presidency of Donald Trump.
The American director stresses that “Biden will definitely not follow Donald Trump’s playing rules. His signature declassified the CIA report. The publication of his conclusions on the Khashoggi murder represents a blow to US-Saudi relations.
Vogel believes that the release of human rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul after nearly three years of being imprisoned “is clearly a sign of peace for the Biden administration.”
“It appears that there is support from both Democrats and Republicans to re-evaluate the relationship with Saudi Arabia in light of the war in Yemen,” he says. So the time is the judge to know what will happen. ”
Vogel’s investigative film “Icarus” won the Oscar in 2018 for its state-sponsored doping scandal.
His new film, “Dissident”, was critically acclaimed at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020.
However, Vogel kept wondering about the reasons why international movie streaming services on the Internet, including Amazon and Netflix, did not purchase the film for display on their platforms.
He explains the reasons for this by saying: “I think that the film reveals that, unfortunately, there is cowardice accompanied by remorse among these large companies for not addressing the issues that may affect those who own their shares. And on the interests of companies and their investors, despite their knowledge that millions of Prime Time Zone will enjoy watching the movie.
Amazon and the Khashoggi movie
Vogel is also a critic of the owner of the Amazon company and the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post newspaper that used to employ Khashoggi.
He said, “He chose not to acquire this film to distribute it globally through his platform, but after a few months he acquired the” Souq.com “platform, the most famous online store in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.
Amazon acquired Souq in 2017 and then reintroduced it under a brand name: Amazon AA.
Is Amazon still doing business with Saudi Arabia? The answer is yes. Will Bezos actually stand in support of the murder of one of his employees? He made some statements, but actions speak louder than words. ”
Vogel’s film contains video clips of a 2017 protest near the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that Bezos attended and delivered a speech in.
“I’m not angry with any of these companies,” Vogel added. Ultimately such behavior allows crimes like Khashoggi’s murder to happen. ”
He continued: “When there is no advocacy for such content (like the one presented in the film), it becomes increasingly difficult for filmmakers like me. However, I am optimistic that this climate will change. ”
The aim of “The Defector,” as its director says, is not to make an “archive documentary,” but rather to make a detective work. “An interesting and lively person who dives deep into the murder of Khashoggi and its ramifications.”
In his film Khashoggi’s fiancée, Vogel interviewed the Turkish scholar Hatice Cengiz, as well as the blogger Omar Abdel Aziz. Who used to support Khashoggi financially.
The film proposes the hypothesis that such an act may make the image in which Jamal is seen as an activist. A defector (from the regime) and not an outspoken journalist.
He continued, “But I think that even in the last weeks of Jamal’s life he did not see himself as a dissident. He was clinging to the notion that he was a journalist. And then what you see in the film is that work that he was doing and what he was writing about, which made him in this image, or at least in the image that we understand about him.
Vogel concludes, “Jamal Khashoggi is someone who wanted to make his country a better place and was silenced in the ugliest way.”
He adds, “In the film, you see that the choice he faced was: Either stay silent inside Saudi Arabia, or risk leaving it.” With his life to go into exile to tell the truth. This cost him his life. ”
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