14th RUSDOCFILMFEST 2021: “Re-imagination”


The 20th year of the 21st century has seen enough momentous events and changes for an entire era. While our world has changed dramatically, those essential cultural values that need to be preserved have remained, and a new, fresh look at common civilizational issues has emerged, which must also be given attention.

Along with the World, our Festival also is changing and developing. The Festival plays an important role in helping the public to address and understand the core values of Culture. In this regard, the 2021 festival’s program will increase the number of films related to our civilization’s cultural heritage.

We’ll expand the usual RUSDOCFILMFEST program by reflecting on the theme of Russian culture and literature – “In the beginning was the Word”, and so, we’re creating a new program called “Eternal Values”. Its context is the development and preservation of the cultural heritage of the global, multi-ethnic Russian-speaking diaspora.

The program will feature films that reflect the meaning of the notion of “World Culture”. These will be films that unite people from different countries, speaking different languages and with different political views that reflect that period of time. Thanks to the universal language of cinema, we believe we can establish a common dialogue that will prove interesting to our viewers.

Technological development is the second important aspect of “Re-imagination”. Emerging technologies are dramatically changing our lives and our worldview, and young people are strong proponents of this development. Through their eyes, we can look at the “Old World” and discover new angles, “unusual in the familiar”.

It’s precisely young people who embrace technologies such as 3D, VR, AR, and 360-degree cameras, and it’s precisely they who utilize the new capabilities of digital video, sound, and light technology. It’s they who develop new languages of cinema that will influence the medium in the future. And our goal is not to waste this chance.

Therefore, this year, an additional program, called ”Fresh Look,” officially joins our film festival schedule. “Fresh Look” is a program of full and short documentaries made using new technologies, a new film language, as well as new film techniques and formats.

We laid foundation for this program two years ago, when we successfully aired “Virtual Reality and 360<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>°</span>. This year, due to the audience’s strong interest, festival organizers decided to accept debut projects in the framework of “Fresh Look” that embrace a new cinema language, a combination of styles, computer techniques, graphics, animation, new genres, and solutions, filming on phones, drones, 360-degree and VR cameras, AR, and more.

A House Made of Splinters
•  Co-production: Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland  
•  1:27h  
•  Ukrainian, Russian, with English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer(s): Monica Hillström

This documentary had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was the Academy Award nominee for Best documentary film in 2023. The film is about children from a special orphanage in Eastern Ukraine. A small group of social workers is taking care of children who lost their parents in the war. They are trying to create a safe space for children near the front line. The filming of the documentary lasted for more than two years in the Donbas region.

Simon Lereng Wilmont’s “Distance Barking of Docs” received the Grand Prix at the 12th RUSDOCFILMFEST in 2019.

Fri, March 24