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Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos... See full synopsis »


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Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos... See full synopsis »

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5 March 2001 (Greece)  »

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To simadi tou Kain  »

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14 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good documentary. However trying to find this is a bit difficult. If somehow it could be netflix'd, then people could resurrect this enchanting film about Russian prisons, specifically about Russian tattoo's and their meanings. This is interesting cause a lot of tattoos are religious and/or symbolic but in actuality these tattoos are a story of that individual, a passport to the uncharted criminal underground areas, if you will, of Russia. But more so, this is also a film about the conditions of these prisons, I believe unintentionally.

The new film Eastern Promises, due September 21st 2007 was researched by the films star Viggo Mortenson and also recommended this film for those who could find it. Amazon or Ebay is about all I come up with as far as hit. I would be nice if this could be distributed more, for it is a very good documentary by such a newcomer.

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