prologue - inspiration behind the film....
We have been trying to find a metaphor to make a film which questions why we do the things we do.
The rise in global terrorism has changed the landscape around us and therefore we feel resistance movements are the perfect vehicle for this film. To
jog the audience’s memory, the film uses in its narrative
events, which have occurred in Chechnya in the
recent past to give the viewers a feeling of ‘we have
heard of this’ or ‘seen this before,’ but have we?
A human being is above any concept or religion
and in the name of Allah, in the name of Christ or,
even in the name of truth, nothing can or should
justify violence. We need to see what we do to be
able to show future generations the mistakes we
make. Everyone is a human being like the rest of us,
but what’s important is that we show what human
beings are capable of.
On another level the film is a personal story about
a journalist who has lost all his desire for life yet
somehow through his harrowing experiences is
able to discover his zest for life. Upon realising that
he has to look after an orphaned child, it is this
responsibility that he feels for the child that lies at
the heart of the story – who is responsible for our
children, if not us.
what makes people
take up arms?
People have had enough. People just like you and
me have taken up arms because they have lost
someone in the Chechen war. Young people see it
as their duty to take up arms to avenge the death
of their next of kin.
They arrive at Vakha’s house, a former Chechen
freedom fighter living near the border with his
granddaughter. Akhmad leaves behind a large
armaments cache at his house. Chris gradually
understands Akhmad’s grievances against the Russians
after witnessing the brutality and the destruction
caused by the Russians in Chechnya.
When the group arrives at Mohammed’s camp,
they find it scorched. In his rage, Akhmad seizes a
hospital building in a Chechen village and demands
the release of his father. When he finds out that his
father is dead, Akhmad loses control and kills some
of the hostages and demands the return of his
father’s body and a bus for their getaway.
what would you do if you were in their situation?