a film by Vladimir V. Kara-Murza

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Nemtsov chronicles a remarkable political life. It is a story told by those who knew Boris Nemtsov at different times: when he was a young scientist and took his first steps in politics; when he held high government offices and was considered Boris Yeltsin’s heir apparent; when he led Russia’s democratic opposition to Vladimir Putin. The film contains rare archival footage, including from the Nemtsov family. Nemtsov is a portrait. It is not about death. It is about the life of a man who could have been president of Russia.

The film was first shown at the Boris Nemtsov Forum in Berlin on October 9, 2016; the Russian premiere was held in Nizhny Novgorod on November 30, 2016. Nemtsov has been screened in more than thirty cities in Russia, in other countries in Europe, and in North America.

Writer and director: Vladimir V. Kara-Murza.
Executive producer: Renat Davletgildeev.
66 min. Russia, 2016.

The film was made with support from Open Russia; the English translation was provided by the Institute of Modern Russia.

Vladimir V. Kara-Murza
writer and director
Russian historian, journalist, and opposition politician; author of monographs and documentaries on modern Russian history. Kara-Murza has worked with Boris Nemtsov since the late 1990s as his adviser in the State Duma; as coauthor of his publications in Russian and international press; and in the leadership of the Union of Right Forces party, Solidarity movement, and the People's Freedom Party. He was a member of the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition and a candidate for the Russian State Duma and the Yaroslavl Regional Duma. He has worked as a journalist for broadcast and print media, including Novye Izvestia, Kommersant, Ekho Moskvy, and RTVi. Kara-Murza holds an M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge. Since 2016 he has served as chairman of the Boris Foundation for Freedom and vice chairman of Open Russia. In 2018 he was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Journalism as an Act of Conscience for his documentary about Boris Nemtsov. He is married, with three children.
Renat Davletgildeev
executive producer
Russian journalist, television anchor, and media manager. Davletgildeev graduated from the political science faculty of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and has worked as a correspondent for City FM radio and RBC and Expert television channels; as news anchor and deputy editor-in-chief at TV Rain, the only one non-governmental news TV channel in Russia; and as head of video production at Open Russia. Since 2016 he has served as news editor and anchor at Current Time TV in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author and producer of several documentaries.
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"In Russia, you must live a long time. Preferably happily. But most importantly, a long time. The fight against Putin is not sprint, it's a marathon. Only passionaries are prepared for a marathon, and there aren't many of them. I have a problem: I do not want to leave my country. I love Russia."
Boris Abramovich
Viktor Aksyuchits
Vladimir Bukovsky
Sergei Dorenko
Lilia Dubovaya
Tatiana Grishina
Dmitri Gudkov
Mikhail Kasyanov
Irina Khakamada
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Yevgeni Kiselev
Yuri Lebedev
Viktor Lysov
Igor Maskaev
John McCain
Boris Nadezhdin
Alexei Navalny
Raisa Nemtsova
Zhanna Nemtsova
Olga Shorina
Oleg Sysuev
Strobe Talbott
Ilya Yashin
Sergei Yastrzhembsky
Grigory Yavlinsky
Valentin Yumashev
Tatiana Yumasheva (Dyachenko)
Nina Zvereva

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