“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Coca – The Dove From Chechnya // Coca - the Dove of Chechnya (Orig.)
2005 / Switzerland / 52 min
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Her parents gave Zainap Gashaeva the name “Coca” – the dove. Born in exile in Kazahstan, she became a business woman and reared four children. Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events since 1994: abduction, torture, murders. What has been declared an “anti-terrorist operation” by President Putin has taken on features of genocide. Up to thirty percent of the Chechen population may have been killed. The world is looking away; be it out of ingnorance, helplessness or opportunism. Together with other women, Zainap has been hiding hundreds of videotapes. She is now bringing these tapes to Western Europe to serve as evidence so that the guilty – on whichever side – are punished. Is she tilting at windmills? In John Le Carrés words on the film: “Moscow and Washington agree on this: that State terrorism is legitimate as long as it masquerades as the war on terror; and that the common enemy is the truth. These extraordinarily brave and resourceful women beg to differ. Their record, smuggled from the depths of hell at great risk, accuses the West as loudly as the East.”
|Dir. of Photography||Laurent Stoop|
|Sound||Rustam Achadov, Jens-Peter Rövekamp, Martin Witz, Luc Yersin|
|Tags||engaged, political, society, war|
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