Part media documentary, part Putin defeat, this “fascinating” film traces the rise of Dozhd, an independent TV channel in Russia long pursued by the Kremlin, Kevin Maher said The times.
Originally launched in 2010 as a lifestyle channel by Natalia Sindeeva, a “glamorous Russian socialite,” Dozhd quickly changed directions and became an unexpected source of reliable news and “oppositional politics,” including the now-jailed anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny frequent guests.
Soon its reporters were “thrown into secret police vans,” but somehow the channel survived. Director Vera Krichevskaya, a former Dozhd producer, focuses on Sindeeva and follows her “wealth until righteousness awakens” without delving deep enough into her motivations to fully satisfy the film. Nonetheless, it conveys a “grimly compelling” and depressingly relevant picture of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly totalitarian regime.
Had we gotten a better sense of Sindeeva’s “Damascene conversion,” this “precious portrait” “could have been a magnificent one,” agreed Tim Robey The Daily Telegraph. Still, the film is very interesting, not least about the hopeful moment when Dmitry Medvedev became president in 2008.
From the start, the station gave Ukrainians from Russia a voice, Danny Leigh said in the FT. A tribute to hard-bitten independent journalism, this film would be “anytime welcome” — but right now it feels downright urgent.
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