No Nation Without Culture

Vladlena Sandu

Shorts Competition

“The portraits depict president Putin, Kadyrov Senior and Kadyrov Junior. They observe me from everywhere. They penetrate my thoughts. It is almost impossible to believe and accept. Exactly a year ago I began to capture the feeling of totalitarianism that these portraits conveyed and did this through a distorted lens intentionally. It’s 4 in the morning as I set out to film my home city’s streets of Grozny in Chechnya through the windows of a tinted car because such actions put me under threat of persecution. I am documenting the time of the birth of fascism in Russia.” 

This short film is part of the programme Shorts: Facing the Past

Nominated for the Shorts Competition award
All nominations

Credits

Director
Vladlena Sandu
Producer
Yanna Buryak, Raymond van der Kaaij
Year
2022
Country of production
Netherlands, The, Russia
Type
Documentary, Short
Duration
17 minutes
Spoken language
Russian
Subtitles
EN
Production company
mimesis production
World Sales
Salto- VOSTOK