Friday, November 12, 2010

russian lessons

pipeline...


i've edited and added to the film maker's english statement about the film...

the film's two directors, olga konskaya and andrei nekrasov, travelled to the opposite sides of the frontline during the russian-georgian in august 2008. they made their way through each territory, meeting in the centre, as the russians finally withdraw; having gathered evidence along the way of what was really happening and what wasn't being told. the footage they arrive back in st petersburg with shows overwhelming evidence of russian aggression, a media smokescreen and the naivety of the georgians.

as the filmmakers begin the process of film-editing, they reveal some pretty nasty truths about the war and the lack of international reaction to it. more shockingly the film puts the recent war in context of the post-soviet history which has managed to keep its darkest secrets away from the international public's attention despite dozens of relevant un resolutions. at the same time as milosevic was earning the reputation of the biggest evil of the post-communist world, russia was sponsoring and conducting the campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing against the georgian population of integral parts of georgia, with cruelty exceeding that of the war in former yugoslavia.

yep, this was a pretty intense and upsetting way to end a sunday of film watching. a fantastically interesting, yet brutally shocking film. i really hope that a lot of people get to see this and ask questions about why western europe seemed to ignore this, although the answer of 'don't bite the hand that provides you with gas' is probably all that you'll get...

not sure if there will be a dvd or a tv broadcast, here's hoping there will be...

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