Director: Ryan White

USA | 2020 | 104 min

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Surprising + Dramatic + Piercing

The very premise of Assassins seems too outlandish to be true – but think again. Ryan White has created an engrossing documentary that must be watched. Reading the story just won’t do it justice.


Two young women are charged with assassinating the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The kill was in broad daylight at the Kuala Lumpur airport and the two women are on tape going up to the brother and wiping what turns out to be VX nerve agent on his eyes before running off. Within 60 minutes, Kim Jong-nam was dead.


The two arrested women, Siti Aisyah and Đoàn Thj Huong, seem more party girls than assassins. So.  the questions – Is there a conspiracy and how did it unfold? – makes for a great geo-political thriller that will leave your jaw agape.


Director of several docs including Good Ol’ Freda, Ryan White knows a thing or two about building drama and this film is all the more remarkable being crafted with his skill.


Get access to an exclusive Q&A with your ticket:

Host Gregor Craigie (Host of CBC On The Island) talks with director Ryan White