Thursday, August 23
A powerful documentary about three friends from
Chechnya who were swept up in the tragic events of the
war but kept the camera running.
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Live music by Barnya
9:00: Movies Begin
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Venue: The Roof of the 14th Street
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Address: 344 E. 14th Street between
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Three Comrades (Masha Novikova
| Russia | 2:00:00)
Official Selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival
The first scene of Three Comrades comes back repeatedly
throughout the film. Three young men are driving around
Groznyy at night, hard rock playing on the radio. The
three friends are named Ruslan, Ramzan and Islam, and
the footage was shot in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter,
Ruslan was arrested in Groznyy and executed by Russian
soldiers. He left behind a wife and a son. A couple
years later, Ramzan was also shot to death by a Russian
plane, leaving a family behind as well. Islam, who worked
as a doctor during the war, was framed for drug possession
and fled the country. Today, he lives in the Netherlands.
At the end of the film, Islam says, "I can't remember
the past very well anymore."
We have just seen that past fly by, reconstructed in
both a lucid and heartrending way by Masha Novikova,
who has assisted Dutch filmmakers like Jos de Putter
and Leo de Boer during their shoots in Russia. In Three
Comrades, she incorporates impressive archival footage
(often shot by Ramzan, who was a cameraman) to document
how Chechnya was forced to its knees, and how much the
population of this Caucasian province has suffered.
At Rooftop Films, we seek films that address public
issues through private stories. This powerful and personal
documentary tells the story of three friends, living
through a decade of war, recording their lives on video.
We witness the joys and hardships of their young lives,
and come a little closer to understanding the terrible
tragedy of civilians in war.
Established in 1991, Barynya
combines traditional Russian song and dance in a full-fledged
gypsy spectacle. Costumed performers sway and shuffle
to the sounds of the balalaika, garmoshka (folk button
accordion), and contrabass balalaika to create a truly
unique cultural experience.
See what they're about here.