Real men don't cry; their tears are brought by the wind.
lastliberal from United States
2 January 2008
Chechnya's struggle for independence has been going on since 1994. It
probably escaped the attention of most people until the rebels struck
inside Russia in Beslan, where 300 people, mainly children, were
murdered on the first day of school. The 2006 film, Beslan: Three Days
in September, shows that tragedy.
The thing that grabs you about this film is the fact that is seems so
much a home movie. One of the three individuals, Ramzan, has a video
camera that is with him always. He uses it to film Ruslan's family when
he is not working. It is something that we can all relate to.
But, under the surface is an ominous portent. It seems that most of the
time they are talking about people in the past. And they are.
Watching Ramzan film from his Aunt's apartment during the invasion,
there are moments of levity when they are three hours from New Year's
Day (1995), and they are talking of the fireworks outside.
But, such levity is rare as a depression creeps in over the people when
they realize that war will not end.
Most Americans have no concept of war. This film brings it home and
shows what a terrible tragedy the world faces.
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