Convictions

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  • Director – Tatiana Chistova
  • Producers – Maria Chuprinskaya, Vlad Ketkovich, Maciek Hamela, Tatiana Chistova
  • Cinematography – Maria Falileeva
  • Screenplay – Tatiana Chistova
  • Editing – Tatiana Chistova
  • Duration – 63 min.
  • Year –  2016
  • Country – Russia, Poland

Description:

Four stories of young men’s encounters with army recruitment commissions. Ardent pacifist Roman is sent through a series of humiliating court trials. Losha and Viktor endure long and condescending deliberations that undermine their personalities. Finally, Johnny, a LGBT movement veteran, is bluntly rebuked and handcuffed.

All are put to test by a bureaucratic machine that doesn’t sympathize with those who dispute the purposiveness of military service. The conscript enters a room packed with officials. The officials have to listen to his convictions that go in conflict with the idea of military service. It’s for the officials to decide whether the conscript leaves the room as a soldier or as a civilian.

A sneak peak into what it really means to stand up for one’s beliefs in a re-militarized society that punishes conscientious objection under criminal law.

Screening on: 5 May / 17:00 / Kolga | 7 May / 19:00 / Amirani 2

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