ONE WORLD 2011: Justice for Sergei
Film by Hans Hermans, Martin Maat, Netherlands, 2011, 62 min. (competition)
Contemporary Russia faces a host of problems. One is corruption, which plagues the state administration and governing authorities from top to bottom. At the same time, there are people who are unwilling to accept this alarming state of affairs. One such citizen was tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the biggest tax dodge in Russian history. When he reported it to the relevant authorities, the reaction he received surprised him. Instead of launching an investigation, the authorities put him a correctional facility, where he died in great pain in November 2009. This investigative documentary, made a year after Magnitsky's death, features the testimonies of colleagues, friends, family members and activists shocked by the story of a man who paid the highest price for blowing the whistle. While all the evidence suggests he was abused for a whole year in what foreign media called a "slow murder", the Russian authorities have not managed to find the perpetrator.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2011 film festival.