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by Tatyana Chistova


Four stories of young men’s encounters with army recruitment commissions. Ardent pacifist Roman is sent through a series of humiliating court trials. Losha and Viktor endure long and condescending deliberations that undermine their personalities. Finally, LGBT movement veteran, Johnny is bluntly rebuked and handcuffed. All are put to test by a bureaucratic machine that doesn’t sympathize with those who dispute the purposiveness of military service. A sneak peak into what it really means to stand up for one’s beliefs in a re-militarized society that punishes conscientious objection under criminal law.

international title: Convictions
original title: Ubezhdeniya
country: Poland, Russian Federation
sales agent: ANT!PODE Sales & Distribution (RU)
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Tatyana Chistova
film run: 63'
screenplay: Tatyana Chistova
cinematography by: Maria Falileeva, Aleksey Strelov, Mansur Yumagulov, Omari Zverkov
film editing: Tatyana Chistova
music: Omari Zverkov
producer: Tatyana Chistova, Maria Chuprinskaia, Maciek Hamela, Vlad Ketkovich
production: Impakt Film, Ethnofund (RU)
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