The Nation

  • 9 10
  • 2018
  • 66min
The Nation
  • Original Title: The Nation (2009)

This beautiful documentary portrays a small ethnic community in Udmurtia, Russia, and its unique singing, a precious art that they use as a sign of identity and survival.

The Nation

AWARDS: Special Jury Award. International Film Festival of Muslim cinema/  

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: ETHNOCINECA/ Cultural Exchange Events The Netherlands/ International Nature Film Festival GödöllÅ‘/ Moscow film festival Budem Zhit/ Ethno Film Festival/ The days of Russian cinema/ World Film Festival/ Our Arktika/ Riga Pasaules Film Festival

The Nation. We exist as long as we sing

The story is about one small ethnic group from the north of Udmurtia, which is trying to maintain its identity.

According to one of the Besermyans, the old noise and excitement was replaced by the dead silence of the village.

"Nobody needs anyone anymore." However, the subtle dance of the female voice is still able to lure a person and a camera inside the house; this is the ability of the voice to be hypnotic, to enter into a trance.

A living language is born in a song, so that Besermyan's song is a method of thinking. As long as it sounds, the nation will live.

Julia Mironova
Julia Mironova Director

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