SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA

By Alexander KVATASHIDZE

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First film - Completed 2016

If you go to war, war will come home with you.

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Jihlava International Film Festival 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • First film, Action/Adventure, Documentary
    • Countries
    • GEORGIA, ESTONIA, FRANCE, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, ITALIAN, FRENCH, GEORGIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 68 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alexander KVATASHIDZE
    • Writer(s)
    • Alexander KVATASHIDZE
    • Producer(s)
    • Alexander KVATASHIDZE (LOKOKINA), Mélanie ANDERNACH (MADE IN GERMANY), Eero TALVISTU (KINOPORT FILM), Rebecca HOUZEL (PETIT À PETIT PRODUCTION), Juliette CAZANAVE (Kepler 22)
    • Synopsis
    • When I was 22, I went to war. I went because I was in love. In Georgia in 1999, I met a photographer called Francoise who told me she was going to photograph the notoriously brutal conflict in neighbouring Chechnya. I decided I had to go with her, to protect her. I knew I could be kidnapped or killed, but desire outweighed fear. My trip to Chechnya brought me into contact with war reporters: an exceptional tribe of courageous idealists, hardcore conflict veterans and eccentric adventurers who risk their lives and their relationships with their loved ones to report the truth.
      Ten years later, I made contact again, to find out how the experience affected their lives.
      The interconnected tales of six of these intrepid and charismatic people – and the story of my friendships with them – form the basis of this film. Throughout thirteen years of timeline we follow the stories of their ambitious projects and professional success. But there are consequences, too: kidnapping, murder and suicide.
      The film takes place against the backdrop of the war in Chechnya; a particularly bloody conflict which has now been forgotten by most of the world. But this could be any war, in any country. As I reflect on the motives which drove these people – people I knew and admired – to risk everything to tell the world what was happening in this inhospitable mountain enclave, I offer a fascinating insight into the peculiar psychology of war reporters: contemporary heroes whose business is death, and who have to face up to their own mortality every time they go to work.
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