For God, Tsar and Fatherland
Director: Nino Kirtadze
Producer: Paul Rozenburg
Produced by: Steps International in cooperation with DR, SBS, RTBF, Canal Futura, CBC, Knowledge Network, HRT, Czech TV, ETV, YLE, ARTE, MDR, WDR, ZDF, ORF, ERT, MTV Hungary, PSBT, IBA, NHK, LTV, La Red, VPRO, NRK, RTP, TVP, TVR, RTVSLO, SABC, Canal + Spain, SVT, TSR/SSR, PTS, Al Arabiya ,PBS & BBC
Duration: 52 & 90 min.
Year of Production: 2007
Original Title: For God, Tsar and Fatherland
The special Golden Link Award by EBU, La Rochelle, 2008
World Cinema Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2008
Nominated for: Grand Jury Prize Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2008
Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo – the “Village of Fools” – 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to learn how to live and become true Russians. When they join the Village of Fools, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey Mikhail Morozov’s strict rules. “What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all,“ says Morozov, quoting his idol, President Vladimir Putin.
The whole spectrum of state power – political, spiritual and administrative – gathers in the village for semi-private meetings with Morozov. They discuss the future of Russia, their ambitions and their goals. For God, Tsar and Fatherland shows what drives Russian patriotism today and why they are against democracy.
This film is a part of the documentary series Why Democracy? – 10 Films from independent award-winning filmmakers in China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Liberia, Egypt, Denmark, Russia, Bolivia and the USA.
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