‘This film has put my life on a rocket ship,’ ‘Navalny’ director says

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Director Daniel (left) Roher and investigative journalist Christo Grozev attend the premiere of “Navalny” in New York on April 06, 2022. Photo by Marion Curtis/Starpix/INSTARimages/REUTERS.

Director Daniel Roher is over the moon with the Oscar nom for his bio-doc “Navalny.”

“How bittersweet this experience has been for me personally, as [a] filmmaker,” he affirms. “This film has put my life on a rocket ship, [and] has empowered creative career opportunities I never could have dreamed of.”

Investigative journalist Christo Grozev, however, took one of the biggest risks imaginable: working on a film about Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, has landed him on Putin’s wanted list. 

“When Navalny and I were saying our goodbyes, when he was about to leave for Berlin, he literally turned to me and said, ‘Well, until now I was number one on Putin's list, and from now on, you're number one on Putin's kill list.’ And it seems that he was not joking,” Grozev says. 

Roher and Grozev discuss how they came to pursue a film about Navalny, the risks they faced, and the eventual arrest and sentencing of the politician in Russia. 



Kim Masters


Joshua Farnham