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Moscow's New Nuns (neuen Nonnen von Moskau, die)

Moscow's New Nuns
Scene from "Moscow's New Nuns" (photo © telekult Film- und Medienproduktion GmbH)

The Iwanow Abbey in Moscow is within a stone’s throw of the Kreml. For many decades, the Abbey was used by the KGB as a prison. Moscow’s New Nuns is the story of five remarkable Russian women from three generations, who gave up their secular life in the aftermath of the Cold War to commit themselves as nuns and the revival of the Iwanow Abbey. Former archaeologist Nikolaya (62), architect Elisaweta (66), philosopher Galina (37), lawyer Olga (26), and Julia (38), who used to work in the management department for Philips, all dream of a better Russia, one that returns to its cultural heritage and religious roots after times of chaos and depression.

The very uncommon lives of the five protagonists draw a different picture of Russia that breaks clichés and provides a deep insight in the society and culture of this fascinating country.
Genre History, Religion, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Beate F. Neumann
Screenplay Beate F. Neumann
Cinematography Yoliswa Gaertig
Yvonne Loquens
Detlef Schitto
Producer Heike Kunze
Production Company telekult Film- und Medienproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, WDR, in cooperation with ARTE
Runtime 93 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions French, German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo

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