28 November 2015, 23:57

Documentary "Sons of Ichkeria" screened in Paris almost 20 years after filming

In France, nearly ten years after editing, a presentation of the documentary "Sons of Ichkeria" by film director Florent Marcie took place.

The screening was held in the evening on November 27 in Paris in the French Cinematheque – the largest private film fund established in 1935.

The documentary filmed by Florent Marcie in 1996 contains unique footage of peaceful demonstrations and protests in the besieged Grozny during the first Chechen War, as well as interviews with residents of Chechnya.

"I tried to answer the question: who the Chechens are. I have an impression that now, almost 20 years later, the film has become even much more relevant," said Marcie.

The most important in the film was the filming of the rally in already ruined Grozny in January 1996. The rally was 50,000 strong. The main demand of the protesters was to withdraw troops from Chechnya. The participants performed a giant dhikr (an Islamic spiritual practice comprising a repeated pronouncement of the prayer-formula glorifying the Allah, – note of the "Caucasian Knot"). A group of women, who were not let to the rally through the checkpoint, performed their dhikr directly at the checkpoint, and shouted "Withdraw troops!" Already after leaving the rally, Marcie learned that the protesters were dispersed, and there were killed and wounded people.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Anastasia Kirilenko; Source: CK correspondent

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