Movies that Matter: Putin's Kiss

  • October 29, 2013 · 8:00 PM

Join us for a special screening of Putin's Kiss, part of our Movies that Matter film series featuring some of the most engaging and dynamic films about human rights. We have selected the most relevant, topical and generally interesting films from the programme of The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International that organises wide-ranging film programmes in which human rights take centre stage. 

So come along, watch a movie and learn about human rights issues. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note: OT301 will charge €4 entry to cover costs.

Putin's Kiss - Lise Birk Pedersen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mu3jqfyAdY&feature=player_embedded

Festival year: 2012

Coming of age documentary about the dilemma facing Russian student Marsha. She belongs to Nashi, the patriotic youth movement in Russia, but liberal activist and blogger Oleg shakes her unswerving faith in the movement.

Westerners may view Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an undemocratic tyrant, but to many Russians he embodies all the qualities of a strong and charismatic father figure. An entire new generation has been united in the patriotic youth movement Nashi, which seeks to rid Russia of its ‘enemies’. And quite naturally, these turn out to be anyone who does not support Putin and President Medvedev. Marsha, an intelligent 19-year-old, is the spokesperson for Nashi. She once kissed Putin on the cheek, and after that she made no secret of her adoration for this ‘Napoleon of the Kremlin’. Until she came into contact with members of the liberal opposition, that is. One of them is the critical blogger Oleg Kashin, who compares Nashi with the Hitler Youth movement. Marsha finds herself on the horns of a moral dilemma: does Nashi allow enough scope for her own opinions, or must she give herself completely to the will of ‘the party’? What follows is a coming-of-age documentary that also paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate. Open political debate is noticeably absent, leaving no option but to take sides. Marsha's kiss gradually transforms into a clenched fist.

Denmark 2011, 84 min.

Spoken language: Russian

Subtitles: English

Awards:Documentary Cinematography Award – Sundance 2012

Charge: €4

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    what a good movie!! I wonder what Masha does these days... sorry that I didn't stay after the movie. I was very cold already during the movie and felt that I was getting sick.

    1 · October 30, 2013

    • Lucy T.

      I would be really interested to know. I know Oleg Kashin (the journalist) is still fighting the good fight :) I saw him speak at an Amnesty even in Amsterdam a few months ago. His blog is http://kashin.livejou...­

      October 30, 2013

  • Masrour Z.

    It was great!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sad i couldnt make it,will sure do next time

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, has anyone been to the location? Do you know how long in advance we need to show up to be sure to have a ticket?

    October 28, 2013

    • Lucy T.

      Hi Sarah. The film will start at 20.30, the 8pm includes buying tickets, getting drinks and getting seated, introduction etc. Showing up at 8pm should be fine :)

      October 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Lucy! See you later

      1 · October 29, 2013

  • Lionel F.

    I won't be able to join after all cause I'm sick :(
    I hope you guys enjoy it!

    October 28, 2013

    • Lucy T.

      Aw that sucks. Next time :) Hope you feel better soon Lionel.

      1 · October 28, 2013

    • Lionel F.

      Thanks! See you next time!

      1 · October 28, 2013

  • Esther van W.

    I look forward to my first meet up!

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Lucy T.

      We look forward to seeing you Esther!

      1 · October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have been wanting to see this movie since I heard about it first in NY early 2012!!

    1 · October 7, 2013

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