Sundance 2020: 'Assassins'

Jan 29, 2020

On Feb. 13, 2017, as he was walking through Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport, two young women approached North Korean royal family member Kim Jong-nam, smearing what proved to be VX nerve agent on his face. Within an hour, he was dead.

The two female assassins, both in their 20s, one Vietnamese, the other Indonesian, were arrested shortly after the attack and imprisioned for murder. Filmmaker Ryan White’s documentary Assassins examines all angles of this bizarre story, asking the question: “Are the women ruthless assassins or political pawns in a twisted game?”


  • Ryan White, documentary filmmaker  
  • Hadi Azmi, Malaysain-based journalist

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this show, host Doug Fabrizio incorrectly stated that the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is in Indonesia. It is in Malaysia.