Film Screening and Q&A: A Bitter Taste of Freedom

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

To mark the International Day to End Impunity, CJFE is hosting a screening of the film "A Bitter Taste of Freedom": a documentary about the life of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

UPDATE: Russian journalist in exile Igor Malakhov will represent director Marina Goldovskaya in a Q&A before the screening, interviewed by Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President, Rogers OMNI Television.

Event details

Film: A Bitter Taste of Freedom
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:00 Q&A with Igor Malakhov and Madeline Ziniak, followed by film screening
Location: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
Tickets: $12 online in advance, or $15 at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets online.

For more information, please contact Amy Johnson at [email protected]

About Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, writer and activist, known for her uncompromising coverage of the Chechen conflict and her criticism of the Kremlin.

As a special correspondent with the Novaya Gazeta, Politkovskaya reported on the Chechen conflict from 1999 until her death in 2006. Her reporting in Chechnya was noted for its objectivity; while depicting human rights abuses and the horrors of war, she neither celebrated nor vilified the rebels or the Russian soldiers. During her time at Novaya Gazeta, she also wrote numerous articles critical of President Vladimir Putin and the corruption and brutality in Russian politics.

Politkovskaya was unflinching in the face of danger. Reporting in Chechnya came with huge risks but Politkovskaya took them repeatedly. When a group of Chechen rebels captured a Moscow theatre in 2002, she willingly entered the theatre to negotiate with the rebels.

Danger also came in the form of death threats. She was once captured by Russian forces and held captive for days. In 2001, she briefly fled to Austria after a particularly vivid death threat scared her editors. In 2004 while attempting to fly to the southern Russian town of Beslan where Chechen gunmen were holding a school hostage, she fell mysteriously ill after drinking a cup of tea.

On October 7 2006, the threat turned real. After returning home from a shopping trip, Politkovskaya was shot dead in her elevator. In 2009, a court trial into her murder resulted in an acquittal for the four accused.

Click here to view a timeline of events since Anna Politkovskaya's murder