Scene from the film Come Back Free
Scene from the film Come Back Free
Scene from the film Come Back Free
Scene from the film Come Back Free
Scene from the film Come Back Free

Come Back Free

  • Estonia
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A poetic documentary about life in a war‑torn Chechen village, with the cemetery as its symbolic focal point. The village lives and breathes in unison.

The Chechen gravediggers are always busy. Death is an everyday visitor. It does not even matter that yet another war has ended. The people live stuck in a circle of vengeance. They also gather into circles to chant prayers to God.

Only the cows are grazing calmly next to the cemetery and the children are happily going about their business.

The Chechens’ parting words to one another are,“May you come back free!”


  • Original title
    Prikhodi svobodnym
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ksenia Okhapkina
  • DOP
    Vitaly Afanasiev, Maksim Drozdov, Ksenia Okhapkina
  • Editing
    Mirjam Jegorov, Ksenia Okhapkina
  • Duration
    50 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Estonia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Awards
    • International Jury Special Mention Religion Today FF 2017
    • Jury special prize Mid-Length Сompetition IDFA 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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