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Synopsis Program Note
Said to be a real life Russian version of Orange is the New Black, this documentary takes a poetic approach to lesbian relationships and moments of homosexuality that blossom in a women’s prison in Russia. The director offers her personal views on love among women inside the prison, a space full of oppression and prohibition, and the sense of intimacy they create. The private narrative of a woman who previously served her sentence in this prison and the hushed movement of the camera that carefully follows the life of the inmates resonate together beautifully.
A woman who was released from a Russian women’s prison after 5 years of imprisonment talks about her experience on the other side of
the prison wall covered with barbed-wires. The documentary follows her perspective, offering personal views on lesbian relationships. She
elaborates on moments of homosexuality, and intimacy among women within a space of prohibition and oppression. The camera that infiltrated
the women’s prison poetically captures women’s secret whispers, brushing touches, and eye contacts as they sing melancholic Russian songs.
The private narrative of a woman and the hushed movement of the camera resonate together beautifully. [HONG So-in]
Svetlana SIGALAEVASvetlana SIGALAEVA
Born in Moscow. In 2008 entered VGIK. Prizewinner at festivals, including 32nd VGIK IFF, 23rd Open documentary festival “Russia”, International Kansk Video Festival, “Saint Anna” Festival from 2011 to 2013. The winner of the Special Prize on the 20th St Anna Festival in the category VARIETY and participation in a special program ROSKINO PRESENTS: GLOBAL RUSSIANS 2013 in Cannes in the short film category for the film KARDO.