The Foundation Pit

(Kotlovan)

An eloquent compilation of online videos, which in Russia, a country that restricts freedom of speech and applies censorship, have become the voice of the overlooked and reveal the scope of unresolved social, health, infrastructure and human rights problems that Russian citizens face daily.

The film, named after Russian writer Andrej Platonov’s almost 100-year-old utopian novel, reveals the reality of millions of anonymous Russians who are literally at the bottom. They barely survive on low pensions, live in dilapidated state housing, battle power cuts, cannot get justice or their rights, and have no way of fighting the state apparatus and corrupt local officials. Thanks to phones and the internet, they are now mobilising. With anger and tears they turn to the most powerful – to their president – in the belief that he can help, that he can ensure the delivery of gas and water, healthcare, and internet connections. YouTube is becoming the voice of people from places like Kamchatka, Voronezh, Chelyabinsk or Dagestan. One can now hear the unified call of “Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich” resounding from all corners of the Russian Federation.

About the film

Director: Andrey Gryazev
Russia
2020 | 71 min.

Language: Russian

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Category

Russian Standard

Director

Andrey Gryazev

Filmography
2020 - The Foundation Pit
2020 - First blood
2012 - Zavtra
2010 - Den shakhtyora
2010 - Sanya i Vorobey

Andrey Gryazev

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