Travel was officially allowed in Russian Flahertiana 2020. At least domestically. Now we go to a city near Moscow to teach children tolerance, then to Peru, to a shaman treating cancer, then to feel the pain of young hungry Ural comedians.
The program also includes the classic road movie "Rodina Trip" (Dmitry Vologdin) – for the first time in 30 years, Uncle Sasha left his remote village and went straight to the FIFA World Cup. And beautiful southern landscapes – animator Alexandra leaves the Ural cold for Cyprus in "Dead Season" (Natalia Savras). For her, this is an escape from her experiences but you cannot escape from yourself, no matter how hard the heroes try.
It seems that directors more than before are looking at the life of "business people", those who are still engaged in manual labor. For example, this is the look of Yevgeny Grigoriev's film "Handmade". It contains six stories filmed by different documentary filmmakers: about a farmer with Western habits and a large Russian family, an anesthesiologist priest, a fisherman and other craftsmen. The man with the camera asks them directly: "What is the main thing in your life?" But at best, the only answer to this is: "In the sense?"
Both heroes and directors are busy looking for meaning. This other inner journey is eternal. And when the meaning seems to be found, it turns out that life treacherously does not want to adjust to it. Even if you really want to believe. A stunning and lively example is the film "Estoy Feliz" (Anastasia Korkia, Lyudmila Nekrasova): the shaman "drove away" the heroine's cancer, but no matter how strongly she felt "inner health," the doctors have their own opinion. In the room of a young teacher from the film "Hey! Teachers!" (Yulia Vishnevetskaya) there are motivating notes with the values of humanism. But no matter how much she wants a real dialogue, in the classroom children will sense moralizm and ask: "Are you the most righteous one?" Dasha's trip from "To See Peter" (Kapitolina Dolgikh) will be her first and last, no matter how much her family and thousands of people who have helped raise money for the trip may believe in good.
Does it mean that it is not enough to believe the best? No one can give an exact answer, besides, didacticism is not about Flahertiana cinema at all. But what these films confirm once and again is that reality always has its own director.