Documentary - Completed 2015

An uninvented story of the Vory world.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Crime, Biography
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 134 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sa NIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Sa NIA
    • Producer(s)
    • Alla GEFTER (BB MEDIA)
    • Synopsis
    • It is a unique project that changes radically our ideas about ‘Vory v zakone’ – Russian mobsters. Never before had a camera penetrated so deeply in the heart of a transnational criminal organization. We did not flatter anybody, we did not dance to anybody’s tune – we told the whole uncomfortable truth and gave it a documentary foundation despite receiving threats and warnings. All the characters of our film are people well-known and respected in the criminal world. They never gave interview to anyone. For the first time, they tell the whole history of the Russian criminal world since its beginning till our day. The story is told with lots of detail and nuance. There exists no other such film, neither in Russian nor in global documentary cinema.
      There are no cut-in scenes, only direct splicing, and there is no off-screen commentary. We wanted to make a film testimony. We studied this world for more than twenty years but decided we have no right to impose our point of view. In our film, the only ones who speak are documents and people – either the mobsters or those who have an unquestionable level of competence in the field.
      The name of the film is People / HOMMES. That’s how they call themselves. The film has a second name – “An uninvented story of the Vory world”.
      But the film is not confined to information, to a cognitive content. Speaking about this world, we should understand that it is not just the greatest criminal community in the world. In reality, it is a secret philosophic order preaching an Idea, and this Idea was so important for its followers that they had always preferred to die rather than abandon it. Strangely as it may sound, this Idea opens the people’s eyes, showing them the Life, and this gives it strength and meaning.
      The history of the Vory in #HOMMES serves as a reminder to those who are obsessed with things material, forgetting about the most important. It is not a film about Vory; it is a film about things that lay over the edge of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. It is a film about Spirit.