In anticipation of the 28th annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, Camden Conference will co-present the Camden International Film Festival screening of “The Notorious Mr. Bout” Friday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayview Street Cinema. There will be a post-film Q&A with directors Tony Gerber and Max Pozdorovkin. Admission is $10 or presentation of a CIFF All Access or Festival Pass; for more information, visit

Known as the Merchant of Death, Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout achieved international notoriety following his 2008 arrest for supplying weapons to terrorists. This riveting, often darkly comic documentary shows two Viktor Bouts: the amiable, upbeat family man who viewed himself as an entrepreneur; and the ruthless criminal mastermind who abetted murderers. Bolstered by Bout’s own firsthand accounts and remarkable home video footage of his globe-trotting exploits, “The Notorious Mr. Bout” masterfully reveals both the man and the myth.

Gerber is the director, producer and cinematographer of the award-winning and critically acclaimed film “Full Battle Rattle” about life inside the US Army’s Iraq simulation in the California desert. He is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and has directed dozens of documentaries for the National Geographic Society in some of the world's most remote regions.

Raised in Moscow, Pozdorovkin is an award-winning Russian filmmaker who is the director and producer of feature-length documentaries, including “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” and “Capital,” a city symphony film about the construction of Astana, a utopian city in the center of Kazakhstan. Pozdorovkin holds a doctorate from Harvard University and is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent will run Feb. 20 through 22 at the Camden Opera House. It will be streamed to two satellite venues, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

The Camden Conference is a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues through year-round community events; public and student engagement; and an annual weekend conference featuring distinguished speakers focusing on a central theme related to US foreign affairs.  For more information, visit or call 236-1034.

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