Masters of Dox

Rodnye (Close Relations)

Vitalij Manski
Screening time  
27.02. / Monday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
04.03. / Saturday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 3  
Drector's family becomes the subject of a painstaking and thorough analysis of the divided Ukraine and proves that the dichotomy insisted upon in the media, about east versus west, is wrong and mainly misses the point regarding the Ukrainian people's view

Following Ukraine’s revolution in 2013, filmmaker Vitaly Mansky decides to travel throughout the region and visit his family. He talks on camera with family members in Ukraine, Crimea and Donetsk, hoping to gain a better understanding of the influence of the many political events on local people. Mansky takes the viewer along on a journey from May 2014 to May 2015. He gets all his family members – mother, grandfather and aunts – to speak out about the situation there. They discuss complex questions, like how important is it where you live or who you want to live with. All the while, global news events are playing out, such as the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Mansky’s personal journey reveals how the difficult relationship between Russia and Ukraine is also causing friction between his aunts. The longer Mansky travels around, the more tightly interwoven with political events his family’s history becomes – and, inevitably, the more it starts to affect him.


Vitalij Manski

Vitaly Mansky, born in 1963 in Ukraine, graduated from VGIK and became one of the most acclaimed contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. His first work in the world of cinema appeared in 1989, and since then he has made more than 30 films which have screened at festivals worldwide and have been awarded several times. He is the president of the annual Moscow Documentary Film Festival, Artdokfest. His film Pipeline (2013) was awarded the Movies That Matter Award at 2014 ZagrebDox, 2015 film Under the Sun was screened in the Masters of Dox program at last year’s ZagrebDox.

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Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine
2016, 112'

Directed by:
Vitalij Manski

Screenplay by:
Vitaly Mansky

Aleksandra Ivanova

Edited by:
Pēteris Ķimelis, Gunta Ikere

Harmo Kallaste

Natalia Manskaya, Simone Baumann, Guntis Trekteris, Marianna Kaat

Produced by:
Studio Vertov, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH, Ego Media, Vertov. Real Cinema, Baltic Film Production

Festivals & Awards:

Batumi Art Film Festival 2016 – Special Mention; IDFA 2016; Toronto International Film Festival 2016; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016; Dok Leipzig 2016; Odessa International Film Festival 2016; Bergen International Film Festival 2016; BFI London Film Festival 2016; Riga International Film Festival 2016; Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2016