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Alena POLUNINA
Алена ПОЛУНИНА
Alena POLOUNINA
 
Russia, 2014, 46 mn 
documentary

Varya

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Варя

 

 Varia

 Varia


 
Directed by : Alena POLUNINA (Алена ПОЛУНИНА)
Writing credits : Alena POLUNINA (Алена ПОЛУНИНА)
Cinematography : Dmitry RAKOV (Дмитрий РАКОВ)
 

Plot synopsis
nterims, uncertainties, illustrated by the great search engine powers: for Yandex, the Crimea is Russian territory, for Google it is Ukrainian. And the realm of Facebook is only a keystroke away, not to be underestimated as a platform for ideological positioning. When Aliona Polunina tries to shoot a film about the Russian-Ukrainian war she meets Varya, a simple Moscow mathematics teacher with frizzy grey hair, naive eyes, health sandals, plastic bags and a notebook. Varya is strange, but a heroine: she canvasses her Facebook contacts in the country that became the declared enemy of her government overnight. Varya goes Ukraine to explore a whole spectrum of political and national euphoria there (be it militant or pacifist, idiosyncratic or collective), which she emphatically tries to understand and communicate to her Russian fellow campaigners in defiance of the delusions propagated by the mass media. It’s that simple step of turning addresses in a virtual social network into real contacts that enables Polunina and us, via the documentary camera, to regain access to a public that is threatening to sink under the military and media war – by regulated exclusion or an overkill of unregulated self delusion. Varya fights against both wars. Courageous.
Barbara Wurm
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film, Leipzig (Germany), 2014


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