CWC Global: Navalny – postponed

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024 / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • Pollock Theater
  • Screening Format: 4K digital projection (99 minutes)
  • With Daniel Roher (director)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is postponed. A new date will be announced.

Winner of the 2023 Academy Award for Best Documentary, director Daniel Roher’s Navalny follows late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in his quest to identify the men who poisoned him in August 2020. Shot in Germany as the story unfolded, the film has the pace of a thriller and offers extraordinary access to the investigation. Navalny is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that is also a study of Navalny the man—a portrait of a leader intent on reform who would not be cowed by anything, including his own poisoning, and who chose to return to Russia despite the continued danger he faced. The film and Navalny’s message to the Russian people has renewed significance and resonance after his death in an Arctic prison camp in February.

Director Daniel Roher will join moderator Sasha Razor (Film and Media Studies and Germanic and Slavic Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of Roher’s film and the legacy of Alexei Navalny.


Director Daniel Roher appears against a white fabric backdrop. He has black curly hair and facial hair. He is wearing black eyeglasses and looking directly at the camera.

Director Daniel Roher

Daniel Roher is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. His first film was a music documentary about The Band and was executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard. His follow up, Navalny, won Sundance’s 2022 Festival Favorite Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary as well as the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In addition to his work in film, he is an accomplished visual artist whose work has exhibited in galleries around the world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, newborn, and dog Moose.

Sasha Razor headshot

Moderator Sasha Razor (Film and Media Studies, Germanic and Slavic Studies, UCSB)

Dr. Sasha Razor specializes in Russophone and East-Central European cinemas and teaches in the Germanic and Slavic Studies Department and the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She earned her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 2020, with a dissertation focused on Soviet screenwriting in the 1920s and 1930s. She is currently teaching an interdisciplinary course on Russia and its prisoners from Dostoyevsky to Navalny.

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

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