Nominated for an Emmy Award, M’sian Journo Hadi Azmi Plays a Big Part of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination Documentary
North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam was assassinated at KLIA Airport by two women who splashed poisonous liquid on his face in 2017. It took many Malaysians by surprise as the situation itself was one in a million…
Skip to today(29 July), a documentary which explored the murder-assassination from start to finish – titled Assassins, has been nominated for Outstanding Investigative Documentary at the 2022 News & Documentary Emmy Awards! The film documentary also included local renowned journalist Hadi Azmi who shared the news on Twitter.
Apparently, Hadi’s coverage of Kim Jong-nam’s murder trial in 2017 led to a collaboration with the American documentarians and filmmakers, Ryan White and Jessica Hargreaves.
Take a look:
The film premiered at Sundance in 2020, just before the pandemic. With me are director Ryan White, composer Blake Neely, and Jessica Hargrave, the producer. pic.twitter.com/fSfigsaavK
— Hadi Azmi (@amerhadiazmi) July 29, 2022
Assassins premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2020 and was also picked up by Magnolia Pictures for distribution but unfortunately, it has not made its way to our country. Many asked Hadi where Malaysians could watch the documentary but according to him, it’s unavailable as no one has bought the rights to it.
ICYMI, the documentary was directed by Ryan White as the film follows the women’s trials in an attempt to understand whether they are trained killers or simply pawns. The two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had simply been hired to pull a video prank and had no idea what they were really doing.
Reviews have called the doc an “extraordinary tale of manipulation and subterfuge in the age of social media… Assassins is the wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives”.
Watch the trailer, here: