Russia, 2012, 35mn 
Colour, documentary
Nablyudateli - eto realnost
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Наблюдатели - это реальность


 Nablyudateli - eto realnost

 Scrutateurs, c'est une réalité

Directed by : Mariya MUSKEVICH (Мария МУСКЕВИЧ)
Writing credits : Mariya MUSKEVICH (Мария МУСКЕВИЧ)
Cinematography : Aleksandr ERMOLIN (Александр ЕРМОЛИН)
Produced by : Aleksandr ERMOLIN (Александр ЕРМОЛИН)
Companies : Golos

Plot synopsis
Falsifications at the election to the State Duma deputies in December 2011 produced a new phenomenon in Russia – a whole army of civilian observers, the number of which sharply increased by the time of the Presidential elections held in March 2012. People voluntary and for free went to the polling stations, driven by a single idea – to make those elections fair. Today, when regional elections are periodically held in Russia, the idea to monitor the fairness of the procedure transformed into the «Civilian» or «Electoral» tourism. Observers from big cities, who got baptism by fire at the federal elections, arrive to the region and ensure independent monitoring of the election procedure’s observance. At that, they show good management: call-centers and headquarters are established, monitoring of online transmissions from webcams set in the polling stations is conducted in the internet. Data received from observers is promptly processed. So the question is whether or not this is necessary; how long will this last, what will it change and what will it not change? The film about the Mayor’s elections in Omsk in summer 2012, when troops of observers from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk landed in the city, seeks to answer these questions.

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2012