Chechen, one of ten films nominated for the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2015. Filmmaker Beata Bubenets follows a soldier, Ruslan, during the Ukrainian crisis of 2014. After protecting demonstrators in Kiev, he goes to Donbass, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting against government troops. Chechen is an intimate portrait of a mercenary who’s engagement in hostilities counters his own peaceful nature. Read what Beata Bubenets has to say about her subject and making the film on THE FEMALE GAZE.
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