11/17/2020 03:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Estonia/Latvia 2019 61 min Russian original version with German and English subtitles
German premiere

by Ksenia Okhapkina

Script: Ksenia Okhapkina, Pauls Bankovskis, Kersti Uibo, DoP: Aleksandr Demyanenko, Artem Ignatov, Ksenia Okhapkina, Editor: Stijn Deconinck, Ksenia Okhapkina, Production: Vesilind OÜ, Producer: Riho Västrik

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, though the prison doors were flung open at Apatiti, a former forced labour camp, the inmates chose to stay, settling there permanently. Their lives are still determined by a strict regimen that also extends to the children, who are born into the system. Without passing judgement and with a sensitive gaze, Ksenia Okhapkina’s documentary observes their everyday existence.

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Ksenia Okhapkina, born in 1989, graduated in 2012 from St. Petersburg State University of Film and TV in Russia. Since 2014, she has maintained a collaboration with Estonian producer Riho Västrik and his film studio “Vesilind”. Her first documentary, COME BACK FREE, a poetic film about life in a war-torn Chechen village, was produced there in 2016. It won the Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Filmography: 2016 COME BACK FREE, 2019 IMMORTAL

Vesilind OÜ
Riho Västrik