The Artdokfest documentary film festival will not be held in Russia

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The Artdocfest International Documentary Film Festival will no longer be held in Russia. The directorate of the event, which has been held in the country annually since 2007, reported in a statement on the official website.

According to the organizers of the festival, the decision was made against the background of the disruption of the opening ceremony of the festival at the Oktyabr cinema in Moscow on March 31. Half an hour before the start of the event, the police received a report that the building had been mined, and officers began a mass evacuation of spectators, after which the cinema was closed.

“And now it doesn’t matter whether the festival was canceled as a result of a call about a building being mined or pressure from the authorities on the film network – the festival was destroyed in the aggregate of everything happening in Russia. What happened convinces us that the conditions we adopted for the preservation of Artdokfest in Russia were meaningless. A cultural event, whose main principle is fidelity to reality, cannot and should not exist in the circumstances of the triumph of false mythology and the prohibition of truth, “the statement said.

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Also before the evacuation, the director of the festival, Vitaly Mansky, was attacked at the entrance to the Oktyabr cinema – an unknown man doused him with red paint.

The event was established in 2007 at the initiative of the Council of the National Award in the field of non-fiction film “Laurel Branch”. This year Artdofest was to take place in Moscow from March 31 to April 7.

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