The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi shocked the world. The cold-blooded and gruelling execution cannot be imagined and will remain the stuff nightmares are made of.
Director Rick Rowley and Executive Producer Alex Gibney bring a compelling profile not just of Khashoggi, but of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The film charts Khashoggi’s quixotic path, from young reporter to self-exiled critic of his homeland. In an ever-changing world, Khashoggi’s views evolved from an Islamist to a more liberal, secular perspective, but his patriotism never wavered.
The killing of Khashoggi, strangled and dismembered, his remains never found, was such a shocking story that it astounds how quickly it settled under the dust of other news. The film, debuting nearly three years later, is a disturbing jolt to our collective humanity and conscience — if we still have one.
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Kingdom of Silence’s aim is not to serve as a memorial, nor as muckraking, but to capture Khashoggi’s career in all its contours and contradictions against a backdrop of changing geopolitics.
Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times