Coca – The Dove From Chechnya

  • Switzerland
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Her parents gave Zainap Gashaeva the name “Coca” – the dove. Born in exile in Kazahstan, she became a business woman and reared four children. Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events since 1994: abduction, torture, murders. What has been declared an “anti-terrorist operation” by President Putin has taken on features of genocide. Up to thirty percent of the Chechen population may have been killed. The world is looking away; be it out of ingnorance, helplessness or opportunism. Together with other women, Zainap has been hiding hundreds of videotapes. She is now bringing these tapes to Western Europe to serve as evidence so that the guilty – on whichever side – are punished. Is she tilting at windmills? In John Le Carrés words on the film: “Moscow and Washington agree on this: that State terrorism is legitimate as long as it masquerades as the war on terror; and that the common enemy is the truth. These extraordinarily brave and resourceful women beg to differ. Their record, smuggled from the depths of hell at great risk, accuses the West as loudly as the East.”

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  • Original Title
    Coca - the Dove of Chechnya
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Eric Bergkraut
  • Cinematography
    Laurent Stoop
  • Editing
    Mireille Abramovici
  • Music
    Marie-Jeanne Serero
  • Sound
    Rustam Achadov, Jens-Peter Rövekamp, Martin Witz, Luc Yersin
  • Runtime
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • Berlin, Cinema for Peace, International Human Rights Movie Award 2007
    • Belo Horizonte, Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de Belo Horizonte, International Human Rights Movie Award 2007
    • Melbourne, Melbourne International Film Festival, Mention spéciale 2006
    • Prag, One World Human Rights Film Festival, Rudolf Vrba Preis 2006 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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