In Motherland or Death you don't add to the uncritical fascination with the Island of Freedom but you don't talk to dissidents either. You avoid siding with any of these typical images of contemporary Cuba. The film is rather a portrait of decay and rupture... An interview with Vitaly Mansky on Russian documentary world by Hana Rezkova (IDF).
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Sergei Loznitsa was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi (Belarus, former USSR). He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 he worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. He also worked as a translator from Japanese. In 1997 he graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he studied feature filmmaking.
Martin Mareček is one of the most remarkable filmmakers of the new generation, being aware of the power of the documentary and the film medium, respectively television medium. Without exploiting it for the sake of self-centered exhibition, he contrarily justifies their existence by commitment...