2016 Film Presentations

Grozny Blues

Directed by Nicola Bellucci

In the capital of Chechnya, the camera follows a group of female human rights activists, a group of musicians and the owner of a blues café. The decades-long struggle between Chechen insurgents and the Russian army has claimed countless victims, but humor keeps the women going. Using home videos, they tell us how they risked their lives in the 1990s to film the aftermath of the bombardments that devastated the city. Increasingly strict Islamic rules imposed by the regime are also impairing the quality of life. In this portmanteau film, the film captures brave men and women who are confronting a shady regime.

Human rights activist Taita Yunusova, portrayed in the film, was held for 19 hours in October 2015 (Hollywood Reporter)

 “A haunting, often dreamlike documentary about Chechen people caught between the contradictory pressures of manufactured realities and coerced silences” – Karena Avedissian, OpenDemocracy

 

Saturday, April 16th, 11:20am
Room 1201

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