A film by Masha Novikova
This film is about Anna Politkovskaya, who had spent seven years on frontline and put herself in danger so often. Who felt very lonely, but could never stop doing what she did. We follow her, together with her thoughts and dreams. We see the same images she saw and we meet the same people she met, people who she always kept thinking about. In those last seven years of frontlines, she was always going somewhere, to Chechnya, Beslan or wherever.
In order to understand Anna's work and duties, together with her character, her fears and feelings of loneliness, we meet three other women, each of them stood by her during hard times and moments of weakness.
We meet and talk with Galina Musaliyeva who is a colleague of Anna and who had shared a room with her in the editorial office of Novaya Gazeta for the last seven years. She shows us the place where Anna had worked and tells us about two other journalists from the same office who were murdered before Anna.
Apparently, in Russia it's not unusual that journalists get killed because of their work.
Galina, who is a soft and loving person, saw Anna as a very strong, intelligent and responsible person, as well as a highly professional colleague.
Lidia Yusupova, a lawyer from Grozny, has spent many years searching for the lost people in Chechnya. In 2003 she received a Martin Ennals price in Geneva for her bravery. She used to work a lot with Anna and her own life is at constant risk as well. The death of Anna has had a huge impact on her. Lida is now very tired and stressed. Despite all her work, she feels that she didn't help enough people.
Svetlana Gannushkina has also worked with Anna. She helps a lot of fugitives and emigrants from the formal Soviet Union republics. They are called "blacks" by racists in Russia and the new fascists have already threaten Svetlana with death and put her on their black list. But even that doesn't stop her from being optimistic.
We also talk to Vyacheslav Izmailov, another colleague of Anna from Novaya Gazeta. He has started his own investigations, trying to find out who killed Anna. He is filmed in the hospital where he is now, after he has had an insult.
- Amnesty Award PlanetDoc Warsaw 2008
- Special Mention Prize, 44a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro Italy, 2008
- Special Prize of the Jury, Festival of Liberties in Brussel, 2008
- Audience Award de Verzio 5 Doc Film Festival, Budapest, 2008
- Special Mention Prize by the jury of One World Brussel, 2010
Openingsfilm Amnestyfestival Amsterdam maart 2008, sinds dien was vertoond op tientallen internationale festivals.
Direction: MASHA NOVIKOVA
Editing: LENA REM
Production: NOVDOC, SASHA OURIKH
Script: MASHA NOVIKOVA
Photography: MASHA NOVIKOVA, ROB BROUWER, LIDIA YUSUPOVA , and others.
Sound: MASHA NOVIKOVA, ROB BROUWER
Music: JOHN VAN DER VEER
FICCO, Mexico maart 2008
Amnesty Amsterdam Š openingsfilm maart 2008
ItÕs all true, Brazil Š maart 2008
Doc Revieuw Planete, Poland, mei 2008
Pesaro FF, Italy, juni 2008
Utrecht FF, september 2008
Valladolid IFF, Spain, oktober 2008
Lissabon, Portugal, oktober 2008
Zagreb, Kroatie, oktober 2008
Festival of Liberties Brussel, Belgie, oktober 2008
Verzio HRFF, Budapest, Hungary, oktober 2008
Cenca, Women FF, Spanie, november 2009-05-28
DocLisboa Portugal, oktober 2008
Leiden IFF, Nederland, november 2008
One world Berlin, Menschenrechten Festival, november
Gtenborg, Zweden, januari 2009
Film des Femmes, Paris, februari 2009
London, frontlienclub april 2009
Moskou, Centrum A. Sacharov
KOMAS Freedom FF, Malasie
Flying Broom, Int. WomenÕs Filmfestival Turkey Mei 2009
Vilnius Women Filmfestival, Litow, maart 2009
Asiaticafilmfestival Rome, Italy, nov.2009
Woman Festival, Tajwan, okt 2009
Freiburg Festival maart 2010
One World Praha maart 2010
Birduino Kirgizstan september 2010
Moqavemat IFF in Iran, Sept. 20-24, 2010