Belgrade Forest Incident…and What Happened to Mr. K?

Jan Ijäs

IndieLisboa 2021 •

Finland, Turkey, Documentary, Experimental, 2020, 30′

Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who resided in the United States and was vocally critical of the Saudi Arabian government, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, on 2 October 2018, and disappeared. The murder of this Mr. K is told through news reports.

Jan Ijäs returns to IndieLisboa with another documentary, this time around the Saudi journalist's disappearance in 2018, after a visit to his embassy in Turkey. Much has been speculated about the whereabouts of Jamal Khashogg, who was never seen leaving the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. Using the sequence in which the event was reported in the media, and all the mystery that surrounded it, the director builds a real thriller, in which fiction seems to make more sense than reality. (Margarida Moz)