|02.03. / Thursday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 5
|04.03. / Saturday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2
The setting is a Russian living room. The children are playing a game, their father is cooking and the baby is lying fast asleep. The only one missing is their mother. She has just been arrested and is charged with state treason; she is facing up to 20 years in prison. The camera captures this scene and others like it in four living rooms where fractured families go about their daily lives. It’s the very ordinariness of the images that makes the absence of one parent so tangible. In the background, we hear telephone conversations that betray the feelings of powerlessness and despair. The domestic scenes are intercut with shots of the street through the window, accompanied by the reading of letters from Soviet political prisoners to their children. Blackboard drawings tell the story of the absent parent sentenced to jail terms ranging from four to eight years. Officially, their crime was treason or drug possession, but all they actually did was at some point express criticism of government policy. The domestic scenes draw attention to these ordinary citizens who simply disappear behind bars for years, offering an alternative and poignant perspective on the notion of the political prisoner.
Olga Kravets, born in 1984 in Moscow, is a documentary filmmaker and photographer, based in Paris. She focuses on long-term projects covering the subjects of human rights and conflict. Kravets started as a photographer in 2007 and got interested in moving image while shooting for the web documentary Grozny: Nine Cities. She has produced award-winning VICE documentaries, Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia and Israel’s Radical Left, among others.
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IDFA 2016, Artdocfest Moscow 2016
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