46 min



Directing: Aliona Polunina


For Yandex, Crimea is Russian territory, for Google it is Ukrainian. And the realm of Facebook is only a keystroke away, not to be underestimated as a platform for ideological positioning. When Aliona Polunina tries to shoot a film about the Russian-Ukrainian war she meets Varya, a simple Moscow mathematics teacher with frizzy grey hair and naive eyes, who canvasses her Facebook contacts in the country that became the declared enemy of her government overnight. Varya goes to Ukraine to explore a whole spectrum of political and national euphoria there, which she emphatically tries to understand and communicate to her Russian fellow campaigners in defiance of the delusions propagated by the mass media. It’s that simple step of turning addresses in a virtual social network into real contacts that enables Polunina and us to regain access to a public that is threatening to sink under the military and media war.
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