Mon 11 April 2022

Introduction by moderator Jelle Brandt Corstius

Every year, the European Parliament announces the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to individuals and organizations fighting for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2021, the prize was awarded to the democratic opposition leader in Russia, Alexei Navalny.
Navalny has been the country’s main opposition leader for over a decade and is known for his fight against corruption and human rights abuses by the Kremlin, led by Putin. He is currently serving a prison sentence in a penal camp in Russia for organizing demonstrations against the Kremlin.

In the context of the Sakharov Prize and the Russian human rights issues, we are showing the film Navalny as one of the two film specials.
Russia expert and travel journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius provides a short introduction to the film.

Admission to this screening is free (you need to reserve a ticket) and is funded by the European Union. Movies that Matter is fully responsible for the content of the programme. 

Jelle Brandt Corstius
Jelle Brandt Corstius is a writer, Russia expert, and travel-documentary maker. He was called “the least boring Dutch travel writer”. For his work as a Russia correspondent he travelled across the former Eastern bloc in search of special stories. He settled in Moscow as a correspondent, writing for Dutch and Belgium newspapers. He made two highly acclaimed series about the daily lives of the Russians for VPRO television, From Moscow to Magadan and From Moscow to Murmansk. He also wrote two books, Rusland voor gevorderden (Russia for Advanced Students), on his often absurd life in Moscow and travels through Russia, and Kleine landjes (Small countries), on obscure regions and communities in the Caucasus.

Speakers

Jelle Brandt Corstius

moderator