Tag: Russia

Day-to-day life amongst a pro-Russian battalion in Ukraine
(Their Own Republic)

Their Own Republic by Russian director Aliona Polunina caused quite a fury at this year‘s Doclisboa due to its pro-Russian stance. The documentary nonetheless offers an interesting insight into the side of the Ukrainian conflict rarely portrayed in western media.

Down the fake news rabbit hole
(Our New President)

A new documentary examines the Trump campaign and the breadth of the influence of «fake news» exclusively through the eyes of Russian media sources.

No more heroes
(Electing Russia)

Electing Russia reflects a depressing picture of Kremlin opposition.

Odessa: From writers’ muse to political pawn
(Delta/Home Games)

Once «The Pearl of the Black Sea», the political power struggles that have been characterising the East-West relationship since 2014 have left the major tourist centre in an inconvenient position. Needless to say, this year’s Odessa International Film Festival couldn’t avoid politics.

From protégée to dictator
(Putin's Witnesses)

In the exclusive fly-on-the-wall footages in Vitaly Mansky‘s Putin’s Witnesses, we’re offered a glimpse into Vladimir Putin‘s raise to power – from his early promises of media freedom to the flagrant disregard of democratic norms.

The ‘high times’ of the Brezhnev years
(Soviet Hippies)

Vivid memories of home-made psychedelic drugs and Soviet revolutionary times are brought to life in Toomitsu’s Soviet Hippies.

Life at the edge of a war zone
(Long Echo)

Following a Tanzanian taxi driver in a small town in the Donetsk province in Ukraine, Long Echo offers a fresh view on a story that has all-but disappeared from the daily news bulletins of European media outlets.

Useful idiots
(Victory Day (Den’ Pobedy))

Sergei Loznitsa’s most recent film contrasts the sombre with the celebratory at the yearly pro-Russia gathering on Victory Day at the Soviet Memorial in Berlin.

Day and Night in Ukraine: two short discoveries

Two of the most distinctive and notable of the premieres at Rotterdam, concerned Ukraine. One xx and the other urban to its very core.

Revolution and Power

OCTOBER 1917: What can books and films tell us about the 1917 revolutions?
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