Radio Svoboda film awarded at Artdocfest

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Winners of ArtdocSeti, the latest independent documentary film competition, announcedArtdofest“which leaves the Russian sites due to pressure from the authorities and radical “patriotic” groups. ArtdocNet includes documentaries created specifically for or hosted on Internet platforms. This is the second Artdokfest contest.

The main prize went to Maria Borzunova’s film “Country in Exile” about the protests in Belarus and the fate of their participants. The best film is the work of Anna Nemzer “Presidential Candidate” about the policy of Galina Starovoitova. Both tapes were produced by Dozhd TV. As Maria Borzunova, forced to leave for Georgia after the TV channel closed, noted at the zoom ceremony, she had to share the fate of the heroes of her film. While accepting the award, Anna Nemzer mentioned Galina Starovoitova’s anti-war activities.

The special prize of the jury was awarded to the short film by Konstantin Selin “Third wave” on combating the coronavirus epidemic in a provincial town. The film was awarded a special mention by the jury “Carriage filed” directed by Maxim Pakhomov with the wording “for creating an accurate picture of the latest wave of street protests in Russia.” This is a short film from the project “Signs of life” Radio Liberty. Three works of the project were presented at the ArtdocNet competition.

International Independent Documentary Film Festival Artdofest, founded in 2007 by the Directorate of the Russian National Award in the field of non-fiction film “Laurel Branch”, in 2014 moved some of the programs to Riga and St. Petersburg. The festival has repeatedly come under political pressure due to films showing hostilities in Ukraine, street protests in Russia and Belarus, and documentary portraits of opposition leaders.

This year, the Moscow part of the documentary forum was to be held under the motto “We are for peace!”. After the opening ceremony in Moscow’s KARO-Oktyabr cinema was disrupted, Artdocfest President Vitaly Mansky announced his departure from Russia. However, the Pioneer Cinema hosted a screening of the film “Artists of Perestroika” from a special screening program on April 6. On April 7, the festival will end with the French competition film “Longing for the Island” about Russian emigrants. When canceling sessions, viewers gain access to online viewing.

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