Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian ... See full summary »
In 1930 in Moscow, USSR. the Soviet government puts a group of top rank economists and engineers on trial, accusing them of plotting a coup d'état. The charges are fabricated and the punishment, if convicted, is death.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovitch Fedotov,
Ivan Andreevitch Kalinnikow,
Besieged Leningrad. In the suburban house of the Resurrection, living "in a special position," six people and a chicken that no one can cook is gathered. Previously, the cook was engaged in... See full summary »
Alessandro and Pietro, both aged 16, film themselves with a cell phone to tell the story of their friendship, the tragedy of Davide, and their everyday lives if the difficult Traiano district of Naples.
The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President Vladimir Putin. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation "Successor", as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.
As a person with general knowledge of Russian and Putin is was very interested to see some unique footage from the start of Putin his reign. It was interesting to see a young Putin come to power. But since the material was filmed as part of a PR-video it didn't really contain very critical questions. Even though this is understandable because nobody knew how things would turn out (Putin being in power for more or less 18 years). For me the documentary also missed more explanation about what exactly was going. It was a fly on the wall type of film but it didn't manage to be much more than that. If it makes one thing clear though it is the excellent understanding of Putin and his helpers that PR and (public) image are key to getting power and maintaining it.
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