Sakharov Prize laureates in movies

A selection of movies and documentaries about Sakharov Prize laureates as well as movies made by some of them. The European Parliament organises or supports their screenings.

Nasrin (2020)

by Jeff Kaufman

Secretly filmed in Iran, "Nasrin" is a film by the Emmy-nominated producer, director and writer Jeff Kaufman and Emmy-nominated producer Marcia S. Ross. It is narrated by Oscar winner Olivia Colman.
The documentary tells the story of Nasrin Sotoudeh, the 2012 Sakharov Prize laureate. This Iranian lawyer and human rights defender has devoted her life to the cause of justice, supporting those who protested against the fraudulent elections in Iran in 2009. In March 2019 she was sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes.

Ilham Tohti Documentary by China Change (2015)

 © AP Images / Andy WONG
Edited by Yaxue Cao and Wo Wong

The documentary by China Change organisation features interviews with Ilham Tohti, the 2019 Sakharov Prize laureate and contributions by, among others, his daughter Jewher Ilham, another Sakharov Prize laureate Hu Jia (2008), Professor Elliot Sperling, former President of PEN American Center Peter Godwin and Director of Uighur Human Rights Project Alim Seytoff.


The authors wish the viewers to be keenly aware that they did not make this documentary; they built one from others' works. Please see the full list of those by following the link below, where you can watch the documentary in full.

The Trial. The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017)

directed by Askold Kurov

The documentary, a co-production involving the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, brings an unprecedented access to a Russian courtroom where Oleg Sentsov, the 2018 Sakharov Prize laureate, was tried for alleged terrorist activity in Crimea. It displays the background of the process against Sentsov, and reactions from a wide variety of people related to or touched by Oleg's story - his family, the international community of fellow film directors who campaigned for his release (including Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders), as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On her Shoulders (2018)

directed by Alexandria Bombach

This US documentary awarded at the Sundance Film Festival takes you on a journey of the 2016 Sakharov Prize laureate Nadia Murad, who survived enslavement by ISIS and became a spokesperson for the rights of Yazidi community. We can follow first-hand the weight of expectations on her shoulders by the whole Yazidi community as she tries to get political support for their cause.

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