Active Measures


Isabel Bader Theatre Mon, Apr 30, 2018 9:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Wed, May 2, 2018 3:45 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Fri, May 4, 2018 6:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Populism & the Rise of the Right
War, Conflict & the Military
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jack Bryan
Producer(s):Laura Dubois
Marley Clements
Executive Producer(s):Andrew Napier
Editor(s):Andrew Napier
Writer(s):Jack Bryan
Marley Clements
Cinematography:Neil Barrett
Composer:Doran Danoff
John MacCallum
Sound:Brian Quill


Possibly one of the largest espionage operations in history played out as the world watched Donald Trump’s US presidential campaign and his ultimately foreseeable election into office. In this long-awaited political documentary, director Jack Bryan, through expert testimony and archival footage, skillfully constructs a powerful argument as to how Soviet modern warfare tactics shifted the 2016 US presidential elections. Tracing back to the 1970s and events in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia, the film sets the stage for what is to come: scandal, corruption, blackmail, bankruptcy and money laundering, fueled by the Russian Mafia and corrupt political figures who greedily manipulate US politics and mass social media in their unrelenting lust for power. Featuring interviews with Hillary Clinton, John McCain, James Woolsey, Michael McFaul and more, Active Measures links the concurrent rise to power of two men: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Heather Haynes

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 4 Stars, "Riveting."

NOW - 4 Stars, "Relentless."

POV - "It has a force which is nightmarish."

NOW - "10 must-see films about politics"

Samaritan Mag - "Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs a Bonanza of Titles for the Conscious-Minded"

Best World News - 'Filmmakers of 'Active Measures' Documentary Assert Donald Trump Has Been Putin's Puppet For Decades."

The Wrap - "'Active Measures' Film Review: How Putin's Tactics Stole Russia, and How The're Corrupting the USA"

Screen Anarchy - "Hot Docs 2018 Curtain Raiser: From M.I.A. To MeToo"

Mr Will Wong - #HOTDOCS: 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Preview."