Film Commemorates Murdered Journalist

February 11, 2008 01:59 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya is remembered in a documentary at the Berlin Film Festival. It is still not known who ordered her murder.

30-Second Summary

“Letters to Anna” depicts the life and work of Anna Politkovskaya through interviews with people who knew her well, including family, friends and fellow journalists.

In October 2006, Politkovskaya was found dead in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow. She had been shot in the head.

Politkovskaya had been a fierce critic of the Putin administration and one of the few journalists to report from the front lines of the Chechen wars. Two days before her death, she published information about Russian forces working with Chechen criminal gangs. 

Eric Bergkraut directed the documentary and explained, "Anna had a lot of courage ... maybe to see a woman who is very courageous looking for the truth may help us all be more courageous.”

Susan Sarandon narrates the English-language version of the film.

Headline Links: Anna’s son, Berlin Film Festival and suspects linked to her murder

Opinion: Skepticism in the Russian and American press

Biography: Politkovskaya and Putin

Anna Politkovskaya (1958–2006)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (1952–)

Background: Dangers facing the Russian press

History: Chechnya and Russia

Related Topics: Politkovskaya's last book; Chechen capital Grozny

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