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Russia / Norway, 2010 (MIFF 2010, States of Dissent)

Director: Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya

“Dignifies the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower.” - Sundance Film Festival

A startling work of investigative journalism, Russian Lessons sees its two filmmaker-protagonists, Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov, report from different posts on the frontline of the 2008 Russian-Georgian war.

Astounding images of atrocities committed by the Russian forces are contrasted with the narrative woven by the nation's media machine, a campaign of disinformation that by and large was uncritically accepted by the world's news media.

Unpacking the complex history of the region and delving deeper into the motivations behind the war, Konskaya and Nekrasov uncover the story of a nation willing to cynically manufacture conflicts to suit its own ends.

D Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya P Torstein Grude, Olga Konskaya WS Kudos Family L Russian w/English subtitles TD HDCAM/2010

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