A Bitter Taste of Freedom

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Bitter Taste of FreedomA Bitter Taste of Freedom

She was brave, she was bold, and she was beautiful. In her fearless quest to uncover the wrongdoings of the Russian State, Anna Politkovskaya inspired awe in some and fear in countless others. An investigative journalist for Moscow's Novaya Gazeta, she was often the only spokesperson for victims of Putin's government. Herswas a lonely voice, yet loud enough for the entire country to hear. It was too loud. At age 48 she was assassinated forsimply doing her job.

Anna Plitkovskaya must have foreseen her own violent death. Like in a Greek tragedy, Destiny takes hold of her life. The heroine's stubborn desire to help the oppressed, her tragic flaw, brings on her death. The decision to stay true to her calling was seemingly always her own. At every turn of her life, she would choose the road that led to the inevitable, tragic end. As a result, many see her life's work heroic.

In my story politics is left on the side. Although inherently political, this film is not a political pamphlet. The State is a constant menacing presence, looming large in the background, with Anna's voice there to comment on it.

After Anna's death, her family and her friends have all assumed certain roles, as if they were following through with the design of a divine dramatist. The Mother, the Son, the Daughter, the Sister, the Childhood Friends of Anna, all put on their respective masks. They live, conspire, hope, and pray in the shadow of the all-powered State and their dead hero. They have all shared their inner thoughts with my camera, as if talking to Anna herself.

This film is unlike any other films made about Anna, this is also a very personal film that also should work as a metaphor.

Russian with English Subtitles. 88 minutes, 2011

credits
  • ALMA MATER PRODUCTIONS, MOSCOW

  • DIXIT INTERNATIONAL, STOCKHOLM

  • Director, Writer and Cinematographer; MARINA GOLDOVSKAYA
  • Producer; MALCOLM DIXELIUS
  • Co-Producer; MARINA GOLDOVSKAYA
  • Line-Producer; GEORGE HERZFELD
  • Editor; DMITRY SUSHEV
  • Music and Sound Design; BRUCE HANIFAN
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