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Documentary - Completed 2014

VARYA is a road movie that follows Varya, a Russian teacher with health sandals, to Ukraine to explore a whole spectrum of political and national euphoria that Varya communicates back to Russian campaigners to fight the delusions that the Russian mass media is spreading.

& Awards

DOK Leipzig 2014
Moscow IFF 2015
2ANNAS 2015
Winner Mid-Length Competition
Doker 2015
Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 47 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Aliona POLUNINA
    • Producer(s)
    • Nastya VELSKAYA (WellSkyProduction)
    • Synopsis
    • Interims, uncertainties, illustrated by the great search engine powers: for Yandex, the Crimea is Russian territory, for Google it is Ukrainian. And the realm of Facebook is only a keystroke away, not to be underestimated as a platform for ideological positioning. When Aliona Polunina tries to shoot a film about the Russian-Ukrainian war she meets Varya, a simple Moscow mathematics teacher with frizzy grey hair, naive eyes, health sandals, plastic bags and a notebook. Varya is strange, but a heroine: she canvasses her Facebook contacts in the country that became the declared enemy of her government overnight. Varya goes Ukraine to explore a whole spectrum of political and national euphoria there (be it militant or pacifist, idiosyncratic or collective), which she emphatically tries to understand and communicate to her Russian fellow campaigners in defiance of the delusions propagated by the mass media.

      It’s that simple step of turning addresses in a virtual social network into real contacts that enables Polunina and us, via the documentary camera, to regain access to a public that is threatening to sink under the military and media war – by regulated exclusion or an overkill of unregulated self delusion. Varya fights against both wars. Courageous.
      - Barbara Wurm for the festival catalogue DOK Leipzig, 2014