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Film Fest 2010: Russian Lessons

Film Fest 2010: Russian Lessons 


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A profoundly affecting documentary of the human capacity for malevolence, Andrei Nekrasov and Olga Konskaya's Russian Lessons definitively puts the lie to Putin's propaganda regarding Russia's relations with the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia. After hearing alarmingly varied stories about the war the filmmakers decide to take cameras to the streets and root out the truth of things for themselves. Cleverly shot, each approached the disputed Ossetia region from opposite directions and travelled toward a meeting at the centre documenting as they went. The film cuts back'n'forth between footage from each and a disturbing picture quickly emerges from interviews with various groups involved (Russians, Georgians, Ossetians). Surprisingly, for a film carried by rough-shod footage the directors make something structurally and aesthetically beautiful even as the weight of its revealed truth crushes.

Warning: extreme injustice abounds along with footage of often maimed/decapitated dead bodies

Fri July 23, 2010 2:18AM



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