Preceded by the film Of Caravan and the Dogs

Russian society on the war in Ukraine


Saturday 9 March – 15h00
Espace Pitoëff - Grande Salle
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

Beyond the propaganda and repression emanating from the Kremlin, what do Russians think about the war with Ukraine? To what extent do they subscribe to Putin's rhetoric? What forms of resistance are viable within Russia?

Winston Churchill once said that Russia is “a riddle wrapped in mystery, inside an enigma”. That statement is confirmed today by a more closed public sphere than ever before. Since Russia’s aggression against Ukraine started in February 2022, the Kremlin’s increasingly severe repression has struck not only at the few remaining voices of opposition, but also at all those who embody “Western decadence”. Behind the Kremlin’s stern proclamations, what do Russians think? How do they keep themselves informed? To what extent do the opposition media in exile reach their target audiences? And what does the future hold for Russia in the midst of nationalist narratives?


Askold Kurov
Of Caravan and the Dogs's director
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Dmitry Muratov
Co-founder, publisher and former editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2021.
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Mariana Katzarova
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation
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Natalie Nougayrède
Former Le Monde correspondent in Moscow and Russia specialist
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Kirill Martynov
editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta Europe, independent Russian media in exile. Former deputy editor in Novaya Gazeta, Ph.D. in philosophy, co-founder of Free University (Moscow)


Maurine Mercier
Special correspondent in Ukraine for RTS
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French, english, russian

By Anonymous 1 and Askold Kurov

Of Caravan and the Dogs

Putin started the war in Russia long before the invasion of Ukraine. Since 2012, a series of repressive laws have been passed, labelling all those who publicly oppose the official stance as “foreign agents”. In these circumstances, a group of independent Russian journalists and activists are trying to resist and to pursue their work. From the start of the war, however, their work became virtually impossible. Filmed over the course of a pivotal year, before and after the invasion, this new film by intrepid filmmaker Askold Kurov (THE TRIAL – The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov, Children 404) paints a portrait of the last defenders of democracy in Russia and offers a glimpse of hope for a different future.

World Premiere
Section : Competition - Focus
Country : Germany
Original languages : Russian, English
Subtitles : English, French
Anonymous 1
Askold Kurov
Anonymous 3
Anonymous 1
Askold Kurov
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Askold Kurov
Anonymous 2
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