Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Russian
Color/BW:  Color
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Sleeping Souls

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A political hireling working for 'United Russia' explains the cold inner mechanic of the system.

Sleeping Souls

Atchinsk is a Siberian town 2500 miles away from Moscow where Soviet dissidents and, before them, the Tsar's opponents were deported. It's pre-election season, and the small, sleepy town is abuzz with the voices of regime supporters and paid activists working for Putin. Iouri, a political hireling working for Putin's party explains the inner mechanics of the system over glass of vodka. But it's a cold winter and Atchinsk residents are not keen on talking politics, especially about the present campaign.

SLEEPING SOULS portrays rural Russia, affected by government propaganda. Somehow, democratic life in this town appears to be a theatre.

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** Prix de l'Institut Francais, 2013 Cinema du Reel (Paris)
** Human Right Documentary Film Festival of Vilnius (Lithuania)
** dokumentART - European Film Festival for documentaires (Germany)


Main credits

Abaturov, Alexander (filmmaker)

Distributor credits

Petit a Petit

Petit a Petit

A film by Alexander Abaturov

Docuseek2 subjects

Human Rights
Politics and Political Science
Russia and the former Soviet Union

Distributor subjects

Human Rights
Political Science


Russia, politics, Putin, Siberia; "Sleeping Souls"; Icarus Films

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