John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard.
The Russian Winter was directed, shot and edited by Opendox’s Petter Ringbom, and produced by LeCastle FilmWorks. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, had its international premiere at Moscow International Film Festival, and screened in competition at IDFA.