Picture Assassins


Original title: Assassins
Director: Ryan White
Cast: Siti Aisyah, Hadi Azmi, Anna Fifield, Doan Thi Huong
Country: United States
Year of production: 2020
Length (min): 104
Language: English, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Vietnamese
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Magnolia Pictures
Section: Docs, Amnesty International Febiofest Award

In February 2017, Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Two women who had never seen each other before were charged in the incident caught on security cameras. They had believed their actions would result in a funny viral video, not the death of a stranger. The gripping investigative documentary offers a day-by-day account of how the women unwittingly became part of a secret service plan to eliminate an inconvenient critic of the regime.

Ryan White

The American director and producer received an award at Sundance for directing the documentary The Case Against 8 (2014). For Netflix, he produced the Emmy-nominated true-crime series The Keepers (2017). He won several awards for Ask Dr. Ruth (2019), a portrait of a Holocaust survivor and famous sex therapist. He also presented Assassins for the first time at Sundance.

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