The Price of Truth
Credit: Yuri Burak
Credit: Dmitry Muratov
How far would you go to defend the idea of an open press?
This documentary is the extraordinary story of a man who risks everything to preserve freedom of speech in Russia.
In December 2021 Dmitry Muratov is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the editor-in-chief of Russia’s only independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. Six of his journalists have been murdered, after their reports displeased the state.
In February 2022 Russia invades Ukraine. In early March, using the cover of a documentary film festival, Muratov secretly negotiates free passage for forty journalists with the Latvian government. Then he returns to Moscow to look after his paper and its remaining staff. In May he announces that he is going to auction his Nobel medal and give the money to Ukrainian refugees. Days later, he is on a train. Suddenly a masked attacker pours red paint all over him. The paint is laced with acetone. Dima’s eyesight is permanently damaged. Undaunted, he goes ahead with the auction. And on June 21 Muratov’s medal sells for a record $103 million.
To this day, he refuses to leave Moscow, whatever the pressure on him and his team. "Putin stands for death. I stand for life."
Official Selection Sheffield Doc/Fest 2023 - World premiere
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 85 min
- Patrick Forbes
- Yelena Zagrevskaya, Vanessa Tuson
- Executive Producer
- Nicolas Kent
- Kate Spankie
- Director of Photography
- Yuri Burak, Nikita Kalachev, Richard Numeroff
- Sean O'Neill
- Adam Phillips
- Principal Cast
- Dmitry Murastov, Kirill Martynov
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Last updated 30th May 2023