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February 2, 2021 7:00–10:00 pm
DEMAN Live Conversation

Private Film Screening & Alumni Filmmaker Q&A feat. ASSASSINS

Partnership with DukeCreate & DEMAN Live

Taught by Ryan White ’04, Doug Bock Clark ’09, Grace Oathout ’16, Jessica Hargrave, & Dave Karger ’95

About the Workshop

Join us for a special film screening of Assassins, a Sundance Film Festival premiere directed by Ryan White ’04, followed by a talkback with White, producer Jessica Hargrave, executive producer Doug Bock Clark ’09, and associate producer Grace Oathout ’16. Moderated by Dave Karger ’95, Turner Classic Movies host and NBC Today Show commentator.

Inspired by Duke alum Doug Bock Clark’s 2017 GQ article “The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination,” the film investigates the assassination 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 inner 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.

Presented with Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN), Duke Alumni Association, Duke Arts, Duke Asian Alumni Alliance (DAAA), Duke’s Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program (AADS), Duke Career Center, DukeCreate, Duke LGBTQ+ Network, Duke Cinematic Arts & Screen/Society, and the Center for Documentary Studies.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. You’ll need a special link to join the workshop—follow the registration link at the top of page to get it.

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).