Aleksandr MARKOV
Александр МАРКОВ
Aleksandr MARKOV
Russia, 2018, 45mn 
documentary
Nasha Afrika
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Наша Африка

 

 Our Africa

 Notre Afrique

 
Directed by : Aleksandr MARKOV (Александр МАРКОВ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr MARKOV (Александр МАРКОВ)
 
Site : Site officiel

Plot synopsis
1957. The Soviets arrive on the African continent to spread socialism. The first independent African nations meet them with great enthusiasm and full of hope for a postcolonial future. For more than 35 years the Soviets expand their geopolitical influence in Africa with humanitarian aid programs based on marxist ideology. Up until 1991 some of the country’s best filmmakers were sent along to document the „glorious advance“ of socialism on the entire African continent. A propaganda featuring all Africans as Lenin fans. Then came the nineties. Soviet Union broke apart and "socialism" became a dirty word. Russia, struggling with an economic crisis, lost all political interest in Africa. Still, thousands of kilometers of film footage remain. The film will recreate the time of the “Great Utopia” and expose the gap between African realities and a continent that only existed on celluloid…
https://www.visionsdureel.ch
 

commentaries
Notre Afrique (2018) [Aleksandr Markov], Julien MORVAN, Perestroikino, 2021
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Documentaries special, Honfleur (France), 2021
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2018
- Nyon International Documentary Film Festival "Visions du réel", Nyon (Switzerland), 2018