‘Artdocfest’ film screening ‘Peace in War’

🎟 Free entry by reserving your spot at zuzeum.com from the 16th of February.
🗣 The film subtitles are in English with available translation in Latvian (headphones).

Artdocfest/Riga announces a thematic program called ‘Peace in War’. The selection includes 17 films that reflect the changing world. The festival firmly stands against Russia’s aggression, but at the same time believes it is a valuable experience to also hear the voices of those independent filmmakers who come from the other side of the front line – Russia and Belarus. And, by risking their lives, they send us depictions of the reality of countries that have been seized by dictators who are at war against the free world and, at the same time, against their own people. The collage of film works will allow the viewer to become a more understanding witness of the current times.

📆 SUNDAY, 3 MARCH

12.00

🔵 Yes No War, Russia , 10 min
This Moscow documentary depicts a small war for peace amid Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

🔵 Multicellular, Russia, 8 min
Humanity is a cancer of the Earth, and mental psychosis is a cancer of humanity. But no one has invented an effective medicine and has not cured us. Perhaps this will never happen. Even stronger viruses and diseases will appear. And human nature will always strive to find a placebo. Human diseases are directly related to life activity, lifestyle, behavior, and genetic predisposition. We cannot exclude the fact that some of them, the most deadly ones, also kill humanity at the verbal level. What if we are the very killing and saving cells in the immune system of our large human body living on planet Earth?

🔵 Russia vs Lawyers, USA, 90 min 
Civil society and the law system in Russia are under severe pressure from the state. The filmmakers have documented the struggle of human rights lawyers who fight for justice in an increasingly suffocating dictatorship.

13.50

🔵 Emigration, Russia, 2 min
An animated documentary about its author’s emigration from Russia after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

🔵 Tbilisi. Mental maps, Georgia, 22 min
Personal maps of Tbilisi, created by its recent inhabitants – emigrants from Russia. The urban landscape transforms from being unfamiliar and occasionally intimidating to becoming intimate and recognizable. A shared environment for living, working, and creating is slowly taking shape.

 🔵 I Would Like to Speak Armenian Well, Armenia, 20 min
In the spring of 2022 Vigen came back to the little town in Armenia that he left when was 11. He has to remember his mother’s tongue over again, settle in, and find a job. There are old things in the basement of his house that were brought from the village where his ancestors lived a long time ago. These things keep the history of Vigen’s family, and his childhood and support him with starting a new life.

  🔵 I Want to Go to War, Poland, Belarus, 24 min
Why do some individuals flee from war, while others actively choose to engage in it? This military documentary explores the experiences of Belarusian volunteers who participate on the Ukrainian side in the Russian-Ukrainian war. The film unfolds in three parts: recruits, active combatants, and veterans. It delves into the psychological dimensions of these heroes, exploring what motivates them to join the war, identifying potential commonalities among volunteers, and, most crucially, addressing their return to civilian life. The documentary raises numerous questions, including the impact of traumatic events on the psyche, especially when individuals have willingly participated in them.

 🔵 To Be At Home, Ukraine, 15 min
How has the war in Ukraine altered the lives of those left behind? How do individuals grapple with the necessity of relocating to another country? And what conversations unfold between those who departed and those who stayed? This film explores the emotional complexities surrounding the decision to leave one’s city and is constructed from telephone conversations with relatives, whether they stayed in Odessa or moved to Europe.

🔵 In Russian – “Special Military Operation”, in Nanai – “War”, Russia, 25 min 
The Nanai people are among the indigenous communities of the Far East, numbering approximately 12 thousand in Russia. Andrei Beldy, a cultural advocate for the Nanai community residing in the village of Naikhin, expresses concern about the fading of traditions and the Nanai language. With the onset of the war in Ukraine, many locals, including the elderly and deceased, received conscription notices. Beldy acknowledges relatives who have lost their lives but supports the war, emphasizing the importance of the state’s territorial interests.

15.50

🔵 Surfactant, Kazakhstan, USA, 13 min
When Putin called on Russians to kill Ukrainians in the war initiated by him, Anton Shmakov found himself at a crossroads; he could stay in Russia and wait for the summons, or answer his own call and create art. The titled dancer chooses the latter. Leaving the plastic theater in the past, Anton becomes one of tens of thousands of Russians who decided to try their luck in Kazakhstan.

🔵 Reconstruction, Russia, 20 min  
A meditative observation of the life of a patriotic park in the depths of Russia. People, driven by propaganda, create the myth of war over and over again. By reconstructing the events of past wars they prepare for the new one.

🔵 Commandment, Russia, 9 min
The film explores how two ideas can simultaneously coexist within one person: religious and political. Lydia Fedorovna is a deeply religious person, she knows the commandments by heart, including commandment #6 “thou shalt not kill,” but this does not stop her, sitting in front of the TV, from whispering “I wish the Ukrainians would die soon.” Surprisingly, the church scriptures contain the answer to this paradox.

🔵 Eden, Russia, 3 min
Reflections on the fate of humanity after its first fall.

 🔵 Empty Rooms, Russia, 5 min
After February 24, 2022, many emigrated from Russia for various reasons. Among these people were those close to the director. A month later, in April, when she was left all alone in Moscow, she decided to make a film about it. This film is her love letter to those who can no longer be near her.

 🔵 Whirlwind, Russia, 10 min
The film is based on observations of the life of society on the scale of the preparation and celebration of the New Year. The fairy tale captures society, plunging into vivid illusions. People enter the circle of unlimited consumption, buying gifts, food, and decorations. This hustle and bustle alienates people from the reality that they will have to face at the festive table.

 🔵 Animated Diaries of War: COFFEE, USA, 5 min
A short animated film based on an original interview with Olga Ostapenko from Sumy about the first weeks of the war.

 🔵 Let’s Not Talk About Politics, USA, 15 min
Set against the war in Ukraine, this documentary delves into the complex relationship between a Russian mother and her daughter, who is marrying a Ukrainian citizen. Through phone conversations and nostalgic VHS tapes of family gatherings, the film raises profound questions about the meaning of family, love, and the impact of war on human relationships. It offers a poignant reflection on the universal human desire to maintain connections with our roots, even amidst the most challenging circumstances, and the catastrophic influence of politics on the people’s private life.

The film subtitles are in English with available translation in Latvian (headphones).
More information:  https://artdocfest.com/lv/program/mir-v-voyne-artdokfest-2024/