Horrifying Realities…: Our Hot Docs 2023 Review ‘The Rise of Wagner’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Hot Docs 2023, Movies by - May 02, 2023
Horrifying Realities…: Our Hot Docs 2023 Review ‘The Rise of Wagner’

There are few things in this world that are more terrifying than war itself. However, there’s speaking out against a militia that is supposedly spearheaded by Vladimir Putin. Now that might top the list of most terrifying things one can do. The documentary The Rise of Wagner starts with a key speaker (not identified). He reveals why he is speaking out about the atrocities to make sure those responsible are dealt with. The documentary focuses on quite literally the rise of this militia. But it also explores the current implications of this issue with the current war in Ukraine.

The Rise of Wagner is certain to leave its audience shocked, angry, and uneasy with all the information it lays out for its audience. It is not meant to be an easy watch. This group is obviously committing war crimes that are atrocious and terrifying. They are facing charges for them in courts so that they can face justice. This is a truly powerful documentary that director Benoit Bringer brings forth. It will surely linger long after the documentary ends and force people to pay more attention to what is happening around the world and leave their safety bubbles.

The Rise of Wagner stays focused on what it set out to do, and that is expose the people behind the Wagner group – the militia – and make them answer for the crimes they’ve committed. They have lurked in the shadows for too long and might finally be responsible for their crimes. There is so much to digest and take in with The Rise of Wagner, but that will force audiences to sit with the information they just took in.

  • Release Date: 5/1/2023
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