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February 2, 2021 7:00 pm
Season 3

Private Film Screening & Alumni Filmmaker Q&A feat. “Assassins”

with Duke Asian Alumni Alliance, Duke LGBTQ+ Network & Screen/Society
TV, Film, Digital & Documentary

Join us for a private virtual film screening of Assassins, the thrilling Oscar contender and Sundance Film Festival premiere directed by Ryan White ‘04. The private screening will be followed by a talkback with the impressive alumni filmmakers discussing the creative process behind the riveting documentary and answering audience questions.

Thank you to our collaborators—find them on the Facebook event page!


Our talkback, moderated by Dave Karger ‘95, Turner Classic Movies host and NBC Today Show commentator, features:

  • Director Ryan White ‘04
  • Producer Jessica Hargrave
  • Executive Producer Doug Bock Clark ‘09
  • Associate Producer Grace Oathout ‘16

About Assassins

Inspired by Doug Bock Clark’s 2017 GQ article, “The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination,” the film investigates the assassination of of Kim Jong-nam—the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un—in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes.

The film travels from the sanctums of Pyongyang to the rice fields of Indonesia and Vietnam to the courtrooms of Kuala Lumpur to tell an extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media. A masterful investigation that offers an unprecedented look at the real story of Kim Jong-nam’s murder, Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.

Note: Please be aware that the film contains graphic footage.

About DEMAN Live

We know that finding a job/internship in all industries during these unprecedented times is confusing and stressful. We are here to help with DEMAN Live—a new Zoom series featuring conversations with alumni working in creative industries to help students and alumni navigate careers and opportunities during this time.