The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot ... See full summary »
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The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of the frontline during the Russian-Georgian was in August 2008. A film on such a hot political (and geopolitical) subject first of all establishes emotional contact with the audience by depicting human drama, before coming up with political conclusions. They emerge naturally and powerfully as overwhelming evidence of Russian imperialist plot shows through the Russian media smokescreen as well as mistakes and naivety of the Georgians. The filmmakers return to their St. Petersburg studio loaded with unique footage and evidence which they analyze in the process of film-editing. This process is intertwined in the film's narrative and the viewer gets a sense of partaking in it. In this way the filmmakers are able to come to forceful conclusions without slipping into propaganda and prejudice that charachterize too many films about the August war. Importantly the film puts the recent war in ... Written by official summary

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An extremely important and courageous film
3 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Like one of the other reviewers, I can't say enough to describe the film's brilliance and it's effect on me.

I disagree that a "call to arms" is missing from the film. It is investigative journalism, information. Of course it's subjective too. How can any film not be subjective to some extent? But that's what I believe to be the aim of this film: to inform us of the truth that was hidden from us by Russian propaganda, by Western laziness and economic interests. It is then up to us, viewers, citizens of the world, to decide what we do with this complex web of information, how we act.

I applaud the filmmakers' efforts, courage, their unrelenting belief in the right thing to do.

I hope that more and more Russians and citizens of the western world are ready to watch this film: To face the truth about these incidents and their implications. To learn these lessons.


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