Russia / Sweden / USA, 2011, 85mn 
Colour, documentary
A Bitter Taste of Freedom
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Горький вкус свободы


 Le Goût amer de la liberté

 Gorki vkus svobody

Directed by : Marina GOLDOVSKAYA (Марина ГОЛДОВСКАЯ)
Writing credits : Marina GOLDOVSKAYA (Марина ГОЛДОВСКАЯ)
Cinematography : Marina GOLDOVSKAYA (Марина ГОЛДОВСКАЯ)
Produced by : Marina GOLDOVSKAYA (Марина ГОЛДОВСКАЯ)

Awards :
Best documentary World Film Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2011

Plot synopsis
The crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya, sometimes described as 'the heart and conscience of Russia', was murdered in Moscow in 2006 and her alleged killers have only recently been arrested. In this new documentary by one of Russia's leading documentary directors, Marina Goldovskaya, the focus is on the character of Politkovskaya, enlivened by striking footage of the journalist herself, her views, her personal life, and the life of her family and relations. She is revealed as someone committed to journalism as a vocation, whose interest in the problems of refugees led her to tell 'people's stories', and ultimately to her reports from Chechnya. Gorbachev, one of the few politicians interviewed, pays tribute to her special qualities, but this is not a 'political' film in the obvious sense. Goldovskaya rather weaves the political and the personal to provide an intensely human tribute to the character and personality of a reporter who sought to provide 'a testimony of the innocent'.
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Commentaries and bibliography
Марина Голдовская: 20 лет вместе с Анной Политковской, Yuri_3 VASILYEV, Radio svoboda, 2011

Selected in the following festivals :
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2012
- International Film Festival : Pacific Meridians, Vladivostok (Russia), 2012
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2012
- World Film Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2011
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : PÖFF, Tallinn (Estonia), 2011
- Warsaw Film Festival, Warsaw (Poland), 2011
- Monaco Charity Film Festival, Monaco (Principality of Monaco), 2011
- National Documentary Awards : Laurel, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2011
- The Times BFI London Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011

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