Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion

Film Screening


Michael A. McFaul, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Date and Time

July 27, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


RSVP Required.


Bechtel Conference CenterEncina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305-6055


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The film will be screened in Russian with English subtitles. Doors will open at 5:00pm. 


Nemtsov film poster



On July 27, the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law will host a screening of Nemtsov, a documentary film about the late leader of the Russian opposition, directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza.


Nemtsov chronicles a remarkable political life. It is a story told by those who knew Boris Nemtsov at different times: when he was a young scientist and took his first steps in politics; when he held high government offices and was considered Boris Yeltsin’s heir apparent; when he led Russia’s democratic opposition to Vladimir Putin. The film contains rare archival footage, including from the Nemtsov family. Nemtsov is a portrait. It is not about death. It is about the life of a man who could have been president of Russia.


The film is in Russian, with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Vladimir Kara-Murza and Zhanna Nemtsova, with an introduction by Professor Michael McFaul. 




Vladimir Kara-Murza

Writer and Director, Nemtsov

Chairman, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Vladimir Kara-Murza is vice chairman of Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy movement. He was a longtime colleague and advisor to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and chairs the Nemtsov Foundation. Kara-Murza is a former deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party, and was a candidate for the Russian State Duma. He has testified on Russian affairs before parliaments in Europe and North America, and writes regular commentary for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals. He is the author of Reform or Revolution (Moscow 2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (London 2003), Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007), and Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law (London 2013). Kara-Murza has previously worked as a journalist for Russian broadcast and print media, including Ekho Moskvy and Kommersant. He directed two documentary films, They Chose Freedom (on the dissident movement in the USSR) and Nemtsov (on the life of Boris Nemtsov). Vladimir Kara-Murza holds an M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge.


Michael McFaul

Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Professor Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014).



Zhanna Nemtsova

Daughter of Boris Nemtsov

Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Zhanna Nemtsova is a Russian journalist currently working at Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster. At Deutsche Welle, Nemtsova hosts the weekly Russian-language program "Nemtsova.Interview," which features discussions on current events. Nemtsova founded the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom to promote the ideas of freedom and education and to preserve her father's liberal political legacy after he was assassinated in 2015. The Foundation awards the Boris Nemtsov Prize to courageous Russians for their demonstrated dedication to fighting for democratic rights in Russia, hosts the annual Boris Nemtsov Forum in Berlin and supports Russian political prisoners and asylum seekers. On May 10 the Boris Nemtsov Foundation, in cooperation with Charles University in Prague, launched the Boris Nemtsov Center for Russian Studies. Nemtsova holds a bachelor’s of science degree in economics with a minor in foreign languages from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.