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Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Filmed by cameramen-heroes. Without words, without music, only sounds and pictures of a dying city. Or a city trying to survive.
Blockade
10
Sergei Loznitsa
Russia, 2006
51 min
The history of a family. The history of the country. Ukraine 2014–2015. Director of the movie, Vitaly Mansky, was born in Ukraine, and, after finishing his studies in VGIK, he lived and worked in Moscow. His family still lives in Ukraine, and because of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, his family members had to make a choice, which resulted in some of them becoming sworn enemies. This film reveals different aspects of the conflict, focusing on the situations faced by an “ordinary” person, as well as examining different views of the world, so that the spectator can look deeper into the roots of these tragic events. At the same time, the interviews made by the director – conversations with relatives –reveal the feelings and views of these people but also provide an insight into the history of Ukraine and preconditions of this conflict. The film shows how the conflict caused hatred among the citizens of the same country. Close Relations is the most personal movie made by Vitaly Mansky.
Rodnye (Close relations)
10
Vitaly Mansky
Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Latvia, 2016
112 min
Russian, English
A film about modern Europe. About its two edges, or, more correctly, extremes. About Europe, which begins in the deserted space of Russian Siberia and ends on the cozy beaches of the Bay of Biscay, where even the laws of nature form fundamentally different styles of human existence. What can unite such different lives? Physically, they are united by the Western Siberia–Western Europe gas pipeline. The pipe not only connected, but also inextricably linked THIS Russia with THIS Europe. The film was awarded the National Film Award "Nika" - 2014, nomination Best Non-Fiction Film.
Pipeline
10
Vitaly Mansky
Russia, Germany, Czechia, 2013
116 min
English
Not far from Grozny, an old steam locomotive with several wagons attached to it stands on a siding. The locomotive provides steam, hot water in the boilers, and a bathhouse is equipped in the cars, where soldiers and officers wash and wash their linen. A washing station on wheels is both a soldier's bivouac, and a piece of peaceful life, and the beginning of a new road.
Maundy Thursday
10
Aleksandr Rastorguev
Russia, 2003
46 min
Minsk, Belarus, August 9, 2020, presidential election day. The day of the start of the most massive protests in the history of the country. There are two people in the square. They could have been good neighbors or acquaintances, but they found themselves opposite each other, in the role of victim and aggressor. It seemed like they couldn't do anything. But both proved that this is not so. That there is a path between desperate feat and inhuman indifference.
Please Look Up
10
Igor Makarov, Aleksandr Urzhanov
Germany, 2024
52 min
Russian, English
There are two weeks before the meeting with the mother. There is a month before death. But the first seems much scarier. "Outro" in music means the completion of a piece, an exit, a sign of the end.
Outro
10
Julia Panasenko
Russia, 2010
50 min
The acclaimed documentary ALMOST HOLY tells the story of Gennadiy Mohknenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has taken up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his private rehabilitation center. Gennadiy's ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city's problems has made him a folk hero to some, and a lawless vigilante to others. Using gripping footage that follows the self-appointed savior's mission over the course of fifteen years, interspersing imagery from a popular Soviet animated TV show; ALMOST HOLY is a bold and captivating portrait of a man fighting to change Ukraine for the better, as its place in a tense political landscape hangs in the balance.
Almost Holy
10
Steve Hoover
USA, 2015
97 min
English
A documentary about the life of an eight-year-old schoolgirl Gin-mi in Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK, shot by a Russian filmmaker in a script written by North Korean comrades.
Under the Sun
10
Vitaly Mansky
Russia, Germany, Latvia, Czechia, North Korea, 2015
106 min
English
This film is about the Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp (SLON), one of the many Gulag zones scattered around the country. Used documents and film materials of the 1920-30s. The film features former prisoners of Soviet camps: Dmitry Likhachev, Efim Lagutin, Oleg Volkov, Zoya Marchenko, Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, Anatoly Gorelov and others.
Solovky Power
10
Marina Goldovskaya
USSR, 1988
87 min
English
Yulia is sixteen, she lives in a barracks. And Vanya is with his parents in a five-story building. Julia is expecting a baby, and Vanya's parents are against the misalliance and do not let the couple on the doorstep. "A monstrously real movie about love," as the director himself defines "Mommies." It can be said that this film inherits the Russian literary "natural school", the whole "physiology of Russian life" is presented in such detail in it. But you can also interpret it as a terrible fairy tale, because it is all a metaphor for Russian life.
Little Mothers
10
Aleksandr Rastorguev
Russia, 2001
46 min
The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new president. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation "successor", as a result of which Russia ended up with the president who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.

Internet-premiere of the film took place on the 12th December 2018 at the Artdoc.Media online movie theatre.
Putin's Witnesses
10
Vitaly Mansky
Switzerland, Latvia, Czechia, 2018
104 min
English
A film about the life, games and everyday life of a 7-year-old girl from a dysfunctional family living in a forest near a big city. And, as little Milana finds out, from a normal life.
Milana
10
Madina Mustafina
Russia, 2011
57 min
A film that tells about the strange life of an old woman, almost the same age as the 20th century, who makes the same long journey every day. What drives a person? What determines his life path? The answer to this question is sought in the life story of this woman.
Alone
10
Dmitry Kabakov
Russia, 1999
48 min
"Gorbachev. Heaven" is a documentary film about changes that reverberated throughout the world wrought by one man. A film summing-up the life of a man who changed the world in the 20th century. Gorbachev’s short time in power was marked by the collapse of this empire. He was the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, policies that gave the citizens of the Soviet Union – what Ronald Reagan called “the Evil Empire” – a chance to be free. He tore down the Berlin Wall. But at the same time, under his rule, the Chernobyl nuclear facility exploded and its destruction was concealed. Citizens demanding independence in the Baltic states died. Soldiers wielding shovels brutally suppressed protesters in Tbilisi. And Soviet tanks menaced, and killed, peaceful demonstrators in Baku. The Soviet empire collapsed under him – and he is condemned by his own people. With this burden of the past, this lonely old man is living the last days of his life in an empty house in the suburbs near Moscow.

Detailed information about the film, reviews, articles, interviews and photos are available on the official website of Vitaly Mansky Manski-doc.com.
Gorbachev. Heaven
10
Vitaly Mansky
Latvia, Czechia, 2020
100 min
English
Philosopher Uldis Tirons in conversation with Victor Kossakovsky (no other participants).
Philosopher Uldis Tirons in conversation with Victor Kossakovsky
10
IDFF Artdocfest/Rīga
Latvia, 2021
90 min
A film about the city that has been lost forever. Originally from Mariupol, the film director Svitlana Lischynska shares her reminiscences and tells a story of her relations with the city. Svitlana meets refugees who fled Mariupol in order to recall together what the city had been like before it was destroyed by Russian troops.
Mariupol. Reconstruction
10
Svetlana Lishchinska
Ukraine, 2022
53 min
English
One day, Dutch film maker van der Horst was given her inheritance: 6 square meters, one sixth of a small, wooden house in the Russian countryside where her mother grew up. It was as if life had handed her a card she felt forced to play.
Love Is Potatoes
10
Aliona van der Horst
Netherlands, 2017
90 min
According to a drunk, middle-aged woman who always wanted to be an actress, "Happiness is when someone understands you, when someone loves you." Her equally inebriated boyfriend is so jealous that he smacks her time and again. Director Alexander Rastorguev follows the tragicomic couple during their summer holiday by the sea. But he also directs his camera at other seaside visitors, like the man earning a living on the beach with a camel, a young womaniser, and a dwarf getting married to a young woman. They are all spending the summer on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Rastorguev observes man in all of his manifestations: fat, thin, young, old, drunk, dancing, singing, having sex and bathing in mud or in the sea. Even President Putin makes an appearance, clad in casual clothes. Quite a few fortune-seekers at the resort get caught up in a daily carrousel of sex, booze and aggression. When a corpse washes ashore, several people say they would also like to drown in the sea. It is no surprise that the soundtrack repeatedly plays a song of longing, about a small boat all alone at sea: "What is it looking for so far from home? Not happiness, but a typhoon."
Tender's Heat. Wild Wild Beach
10
Susanna Baranzhieva, Vitaly Mansky, Aleksandr Rastorguev
Russia, 2005
175 min
English
On the very edge of the village of Ponazyrevo, in a wooden house with the loud name "Rehabilitation Center", people who have nowhere to go live. The center was organized and sheltered by the rector of the prison church, the priest Father Evgeny. There are strict rules in the house, no alcohol, but from time to time, someone breaks down, starts drinking, leaves. Then he returns. Miron wandered after his release from prison, he did not have a home. He was found dying in an abandoned car and given shelter. He is crippled, half of his body is paralyzed. Outside the taiga window, the family broke up, past ties were broken. How do such people live, what do they think, what do they feel, what can they hope for, what helps them survive?
On the edge
9
Anna Shishova
Russia, 2014
49 min
Three stories, three families, three women. Their husbands were passengers of the Tu-154 that crashed in Sochi on December 25, 2016.
Wifes
9
Alena Suranova
Russia, 2017
13 min
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