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Russian Lessons (2010)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Vissarion Apliaa ...
Valery Gergiev ...
Olga Konskaya ...
Marat Kulakhmetov ...
Mamuka Kurashvili ...
Himself (as Gen. Mamuka Khurashvili)
Dmitry Medvedev ...
Angela Merkel ...
Vladimir Putin ...
Mikhail Saakashvili ...
Eduard Shevardnadze ...


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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master class on how to make a propaganda film
5 April 2011 | by (Delft) – See all my reviews

Ironically, the film which supposed to investigate how the Russian propaganda works has turned out to be the best example of propaganda itself - one sided story, presenting only the Georgian side's view. The piece on the war between Georgia and Abkhazia starts with the Georgian civilians fleeing Abkhazia and failing even to mention that the Georgian president Sevarnadze sent the troops including tanks to "sort out" Abkhazia in 1992 which lead to many non Georgian civilians killed. And interviewing Shevarnadze on the war is the same as asking Gaddafi on his view on the current events in Libya or asking Hitler on his view of the Second World War. Appalling ......

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