222 Them, Us and Skitskoj (OT: Oni, my a Skitskoj - dialog ve střižně)

Them, Us and Skitskoj - A Dialogue in the Editing Room (OT: Oni, my a Skitskoj - dialog ve střižně (222)

16:00, Friday 03rd July, Theatre A

  • Director: Zdeněk N. Bričkỳ (CZE)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 52'
  • Format: mini DV, PAL

The island Skitskoj is located on the North of the European part of Russia, in an inaccessible forestland on Pizma River, in Pechora river basin. The Oldbelievers community lives there – hidden from civilization, the surrounding world full of changes.

The documentary traces the progress of the transforming relationship between the Oldbelievers and us – the filmmakers. The very central point of the film is our meeting.

The documentary joins two stories together – the “dramatic” meeting which happened there – on the Skitskoj island, and the calm inner “meeting” after the return – in the broad “dialogue in the editing room” while finishing the film.

It is a film about inner barriers, “island”-isolation, fear and prejudices, on both banks, inside us and inside them. It is a story about the effort to build a common joining “bridge”.

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