Teen Dox


Tatiana Chistova
Screening time  
01.03. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
These are the stories and trials of four young men who decided that to them pacifism is not a swearword. But this conviction means they are swimming against the tide of a thoroughly re-militarised society which has been forging men of steel for years now.

Conscientious objection is listed in section 328 of Russian criminal law. Shy Roman is well-briefed and tries his luck with great idols like Leo Tolstoy and Albert Einstein, which only earns him a reputation as a pseudo-Dostoyevsky, though. With Viktor, the draft board wonder whether he’s under their jurisdiction at all (Boy or girl?) and then vote – much to the annoyance of some bigwigs – for alternative service. This is where the story takes an incredibly funny turn, because he is assigned to the woman veterans’ dance company Sudarushka. However, Lyosha, a solitaire and determined opponent of the Ukraine war, and Johnny, professional protester with a remarkable rhetorical talent, are denied this kind of kitsch ending.


Tatiana Chistova

Tatiana Chistova is Russian director and screenwriter, born in Saint Petersburg. She graduated from the Saint Petersburg University (Philological department, Master’s degree). She worked as assistant director in Lenfilm production studio. As first assistant director she worked with world-famous Russian directors such as Alexander Sokurov, Sergey Bodrov, Alexey Balabanov. She served as assistant on Downfall directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Later, she graduated from the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow and started to write and direct her own films since.

General sponsor

УБЕЖДЕНИЯ /Ubejdenia

Russia, Poland
2016, 62'

Directed by:
Tatiana Chistova

Screenplay by:
Tatyana Chistova

Maria Falileeva

Edited by:
Tatyans Chistova

Omari Zverkov

Maria Chuprinskaya, Vlad Ketkovich, Maciek Hamela, Tatiana Chistova

Produced by:
Ethnofund, Impakt Film

Festivals & Awards:

DOK Leipzig 2016 – MDR Award for the Best Film of Eastern Europe; ArtDocFest 2016 – Main Prize for the Best Feature Film