The Term (with Sleeping Souls)
Location: Redstone Theater
With producer Max Tuula in person
Dirs. Pavel Kostomarov, Alexey Pivovarov, Alexander Rastorguev. 2014, 83 mins. Digital projection. In Russian with English subtitles. Soon after Vladimir Putin started his third term as Russian president, after a four-year semi-sojourn as Prime Minister, a critical mass of citizens began to coalesce into a discernible, and potentially consequential opposition. Filmmakers Kostomarov (The Mother), Pivovarov, and Rastorguev mobilized multiple camera crews to record events on the ground and posted the results online as daily, agenda-free dispatches. This film synthesizes many of these shorter piece but focuses in particular on several opposition leaders, particularly rising political figure Alexei Navalny, activist Ilja Yashin, and his girlfriend, Ksenia Sobchak, a magnetic TV personality and old Putin family friend (and eventual 2018 presidential candidate). The Term serves as an invaluable first-hand witness to activism fomented and forestalled, and also includes eye-opening candid critiques of Putin’s Russia reminiscent of Pennebaker and Hegedus’s The War Room.
Followed by Sleeping Souls (Dir. Alexander Abaturov. 2013, 52 mins.), a look at the run up to the 2012 presidential election from the vantage of the Siberian city of Achinsk. Filmmaker Abaturov talks to ordinary Russians about their views on the vote, interviews candidly mercenary political operatives, and watches the polls on election day where some are hoping for personal favors in exchange for their vote, and others who cannot be bothered with the process at all.
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