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White Ravens - Nightmare in Chechnya (Weisse Raben - Alptraum Tschetschenien)

White Ravens - Nightmare in Chechnya
Scene from "White Ravens" (photo © zero film)

No one returns the same way he left. If he does return, he does so as a stranger. A white raven among all the black ones.

It’s a happy celebration. The mothers bid farewell to their sons. There is a lot of drinking and laughing going on in the train. Young faces: innocent and curious.

But tired and tattered men will return. After only a few months of war. What happened to them? Society sent them off for protection. They return with their experiences, scars and unhealed wounds. They’ve lost their innocence. The mothers and wives hardly recognize their sons and husbands. We will take in these strangers.

Nine years of war in Chechnya. A dirty and senseless war. A war of the hurt Russian empire. A war from which many profit. A war that no one want to talk about. The relationship to Russia is more important. Everyone is happy that the war has a new purpose: the battle against terrorism. That sounds healthy and just.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Directors Johann Feindt, Tamara Trampe
Screenplay Johann Feindt, Tamara Trampe
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Stephan Krumbiegel
Producer Thomas Kufus
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 92 min
Format color
Original Version
 Russian/German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Panorama), Rio 2005, IDFA Amsterdam 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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