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FILM: COME BACK FREE

DIRECTOR | Ksenia Okhapkina
YEAR | 2017
LENGTH | 51 minutes
LANGUAGE | Estonian, Russian with English subtitles

Officially the war with Russia might be over, but in many parts of Chechnya the fighting continues in the shadows. Chechens take the attitude that to survive, you always have to be ready to fight. Russian director Ksenia Okhapkina shows the impact of war on a village in the Chechen mountains, where the graveyard
is a constant reminder of the loss suffered by the community. The gravediggers are kept busy, as there are many graves and funerals. The mourning women have lost husbands and sons in the war, but defy despair by dancing their grief and singing away their sorrow. In an observational style, this documentary records everyday life in the village, from Muslim rituals to children at play to a traditional wedding dance. The greeting used by the locals reflects their longing for independence: “Come back free!”

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All films are in English or subtitled. Evening films include a post-screening discussion led by moderator Tristan Priimägi. Doors open one hour prior to screening. All events include a cash bar. For complete festival info, visit estdocs.com.

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