A still of the film "Feat of Mercy". Angelina Lautenschläger / YouTube (youtube.com/watch?v=LwDL5QGb5d8)

20 May 2021, 17:23

Film about feat of Beslenei residents interests Moscow spectators

The film "Feat of Mercy" was created to exclude the repetition of such tragedies as the Holocaust, Askerbiy Nagaplev, the film director, has stated. The society needs films about the Caucasus made by Caucasian authors, Andzor Emkuzh, a film director from Kabardino-Balkaria, believes.

Earlier, Nagaplev filmed a series of documentaries on the history of the Circassian ethnos, says the website of the "Adygs" Circassian Culture Fund. In particular, the film "Circassia. Alien Land" tells about the tragic pages of the history of Circassians who, after the Caucasian War of the 19th century, found themselves in an alien land, but within a century and a half managed to preserve the language and culture of their nation.

On May 19, Moscow hosted a screening of the documentary "Feat of Mercy", which tells how Jews and Adygs (Circassians) lived through their tragedies and helped each other, as well as about the feat of Beslenei villagers during the Great Patriotic War (WW II). The film shows how Circassians, when Northern Caucasus was occupied by Germans, saved Jews from death and adopted Jewish children.

Askerbiy Nagaplev is sure that cinema is able to influence people's consciousness for the better. "The film aims not only to perpetuate the memory of the feat of mercy that ordinary people performed during the war, but also to bring nations closer together by promoting peace and tolerance," he said.

"The advent of Caucasian films into the all-Russian screening is a great achievement," Andzor Emkuzh has added.

Caucasian filmmakers had no success in the Russian cinematography only because there were no conditions for their self-realization, Fatima Ozova, a historian, believes.

"It is a pity that the unique and highly humane Circassian culture, which gave birth to such people like the heroes of the "Feat of Mercy", is of little interest to anyone," she has noted.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 20, 2021 at 02:17 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Gor Alexanyan; Source: CK correspondent

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