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Karelia, International with Monument
  • 90 min
  • Russian
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First part of a diptych dedicated to Karelia, a border region between Finland and Russia, and the homeland of the Karelians. Duque‘s essayist narrative portrays moments where the real and the fantastic of a culture come into conflict, “a hallucinated history of Karelia where different layers of time converge”. Karelia - which has belonged to Sweden, the Republic of Novgorod, Finland and Russia - is a region of contrasts due to its border dimension, cradle of Finnish literature and memory space of the wars and repressive policies of the last century. A family from a remote village preserves the vestiges of their ancestral and shamanic-culture; on the other side, the testimony of the daughter of a historian currently in prison. Both stories reflect and criticises Putin’s current actions to rewrite the history of Russia.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Andrés Duque
  • Screenwriter:
    Andrés Duque
  • Cinematographer:
    Andrés Duque
  • Producer:
    Andrés Duque
  • Sound operator:
    Andrés Duque
  • Theme:
    Nature, Ethnography
  • Film studio:
    Andrés Duque
  • Language:
  • Artdocfest 2019