Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline

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This film is about Anna Politkovskaya, who had spent seven years on frontline and put herself in danger so often. Who felt very lonely, but could never stop doing what she did. We follow her, together with her thoughts and dreams. We see the same images she saw and we meet the same people she met, people who she always kept thinking about. In those last seven years of frontlines, she was always going somewhere, to Chechnya, Beslan or wherever.

In order to understand Anna’s work and duties, together with her character, her fears and feelings of loneliness, we meet three other women, each of them stood by her during hard times and moments of weakness.

We meet and talk with Galina Musaliyeva who is a colleague of Anna and who had shared a room with her in the editorial office of Novaya Gazeta for the last seven years. She shows us the place where Anna had worked and tells us about two other journalists from the same office who were murdered before Anna. Apparently, in Russia it’s not unusual that journalists get killed because of their work. Galina, who is a soft and loving person, saw Anna as a very strong, intelligent and responsible person, as well as a highly professional colleague.

Lidia Yusupova, a lawyer from Grozny, has spent many years searching for the lost people in Chechnya. In 2003 she received a Martin Ennals price in Geneva for her bravery. She used to work a lot with Anna and her own life is at constant risk as well. The death of Anna has had a huge impact on her. Lida is now very tired and stressed. Despite all her work, she feels that she didn’t help enough people.

Svetlana Gannushkina has also worked with Anna. She helps a lot of fugitives and emigrants from the formal Soviet Union republics. They are called “blacks” by racists in Russia and the new fascists have already threaten Svetlana with death and put her on their black list. But even that doesn’t stop her from being optimistic.

We also talk to Vyacheslav Izmailov, another colleague of Anna from Novaya Gazeta. He has started his own investigations, trying to find out who killed Anna. He is filmed in the hospital where he is now, after he has had an insult.

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  • Original Title
    Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Masha Novikova
  • Cinematography
    Masha Novikova, Rob Brouwer, Lidia Yusupova, and others.
  • Editing
    Lena Rem
  • Music
    John van der Veer
  • Sound
    Masha Novikova, Rob Brouwer
  • Runtime
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FICCO Mexico 2008, Mexico
    • It’s all true 2008, Brazil
    • Amnesty International FF Amsterdam 2008, The Netherlands (opening film)
    • Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2008 (Amnesty International Award), Poland
    • Pesaro Film Festival 2008, Italy
    • Utrecht Film Festival 2008, The Netherlands
    • DocLisboa 2008, Portugal
    • Festival of Liberties Brussels 2008, Belgium (Special Prize of the Jury)
    • Valladolid Int. Film Festival 2008, Spain
    • Leiden Film Festival 2008, Netherlands
    • Verzio Documentary Film Festival Budapest 2008, Hungary (Verzio 5 Audience Award)
    • Festival of Human Rights Berlin 2008, Germany
    • Cuenca Women Film Festival 2008, Spain
    • Göteborg Int. Film Festival 2009, Sweden
    • Vilnius Women’s FF Serseliafam 2009, Lithuania
    • Créteil Women’s FF 2009, France
    • Bologna Human Rights FF 2009, Italy
    • Flying Broom Women’s FF Ankara 2009, Turkey
    • Perspektive Nuremberg Human Rights FF 2009, Germany
    • Women Make Waves FF 2009, Taiwan
    • asiaticafilmmediale Rome 2009, Italy
    • THIS HUMAN WORLD HRFF Vienna 2009, Austria
    • One World Human Rights FF Prague 2010, Czech Republic
    • Fribourg IFF 2010, Switzerland
  • Awards
    • Amnesty Award PlanetDoc Warsaw 2008
    • Special Mention Prize, 44a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro Italy, 2008
    • Special Prize of the Jury, Festival of Liberties in Brussel, 2008
    • Audience Award de Verzio 5 Doc Film Festival, Budapest, 2008 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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