With its 8th edition, the prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award moves to Locarno, Switzerland. There, one of the seven directors nominated for the award designed primarily for emerging documentary talents will receive the award on August 8. With her debut HAUNTED, Syrian native LIWAA YAZJI enters this year’s competition. Read about the success of her film as well as about her creative path towards documentary in our exclusive interview!
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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