On September 7, the press-centre of the XII International Festival of Muslim Cinema, being located in «Rodina» cinema house, arranged a press conference with the participants of the competition program of the forum in the nomination «Short-length documentary film.» Directors from France, Syria, Sweden, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania and Russia told about the creation history of their pictures.
The 26-minute long documentary by Syrian director Almohannad Kalthom «Jasmine» (2015) is devoted to the most crucial subject of all times — the lives of children during war. «This is something that concerns every human being. We would like to show the results of military activities through the child`s view. The war destroyed the dreams of Syrian children, destroyed their homes, school and relatives. These children have the strength to carry on. Their main desire is to live in peace «, — told Kalthom.
The topic of two films from the competition program has become the life of Muslims in different countries. So, the director from France Pascale Berson Lecuyer told about her film «Fatima`s Republic», created in 2015, and about its main message, following the motto of KIFMC «Through the dialogue of cultures to the culture of the dialogue.» «My film is about justice and values respected in France», — she said.
Lithuanian director Shamil Gumerov, the author of the picture «Recite in the name of the Lord» (2016), pointed out that his film was created to draw attention to Tatars-Muslims in Lithuania and the Baltic countries. «This is my first experience in directing. The film is based on historical researches which I would like to share with», — said Gumerov.
The subject of migrants was raised by the Swedish director Hamed Alizadeh in his film «The Republic of Herrskog». The characters of the film create their own «republic» in a funny way, make up a form of existence, and even their own flag. «I was aiming to draw the viewer’s attention to the problems which migrants face in different parts of our planet. Today we are witnessing such notion as racism in relation to coming migrant workers. I wanted to break the belief that migrants have some danger «, — said the director.
The director from Kyrgyzstan Alijan Nasirov presented his film «Ata Beyit» about repressions in 1937 to the audience. «The film was shown in Crimea, now we have brought it to Kazan, and only after the festival we are planning to show it in Kyrgyzstan», — shared his opinion Nasirov.
Young directors Ruslan Valeev and Alexander Radchenko, graduates from the Kazan Institute of Culture and Arts in 2016, told about their debut project «Z/K», which was originally created as a master’s thesis at the university. «Alexander Radchenko was responsible for the music and sound, and I worked on directing and editing, — shared Ruslan Valeev.
Raiha is a girl from Tatarstan. She received a summon and went to serve as a nurse in Afghanistan. After returning she had to face a number of problems not everyone is able to withstand. «The initial message of our picture is that all problems have to be coped with perfectly well, and if not, then you just need to go through them,» -said Valeev. While answering journalists’ questions, the director admitted that a real story of a real woman, the mother of Alexander Radchenko, provided the basis for the film.