Putin's Witnesses - Opening Night Event
With an extraordinary level of access, celebrated director Vitaly Mansky chronicles the Russian president’s controversial rise to power. It’s New Year’s Eve in 1999, and Russia is about to undergo a historic transformation. President Boris Yeltsin, ageing and weak, steps down and appoints a little-known figure, Vladimir Putin, to replace him. Mansky was there to capture the transition and now, for the first time ever, he dips into his archives for a rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power. Winner of Best Documentary at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Putin’s Witnesses is a riveting testimony to what has become a defining moment of the 21st century.
"Riveting... Fascinating... Hotly topical... Exiled Russian docmaker Vitaly Mansky reassembles his own first-hand footage from the early days of the Putin presidency, to damning, gripping effect." Variety
Director Vitaly Mansky is a guest of the festival.
Opening Night Drinks will be served from 7pm. Festival Director David Rokach and guests will introduce the film at 7:45pm. The film will screen at 8pm.