Moscow Freestyle explores
the lives of young Westerners who left their homes to start a
new life someplace else - in Russia.
We meet Gwain Hamilton in Moscow, three years after he becomes
an English teacher there. He loves the place, the culture, the
language, he even loves the ugly things that can be seen plenty
in Moscow.Gwain seems to feel that Moscow could be his home for
the rest of his life. This is when, within two short weeks, the
unthinkable chain of events takes place.
The Terrorist Attacks, related
to the war in Chechnya, shake Moscow and Russia: bombs on buses,
suicide-bombing of planes by Chechen terrorists, explosions in
the Metro, and the killing of hundreds of children on the first
day of school in Beslan shock the Russian society.
Gwain witnesses how within days fear and anger change the mood
in the city. The Russian version of freedom turns into the ruthlessness
of the authorities, discrimination against non-Russians, intolerance
of other nationalities and religions. Even Gwain’s belief,
that he is a full member of Russian society, is shattered when
he learns that everyone still sees him as a foreigner. He notices
that all his true friends are foreigners just like him that pretend
Russia is their new home. This is when Gwain takes a serious
look at what he is doing in Moscow and grows up.
provides an excellent portrait of post-communist Moscow through
the eyes of young Westerners."
Andrew Jenks, California State University, Long Beach
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"With clarity and integrity, this documentary captures the changes that
take place in Russia...Strongly Recommended"
Ernest Jaeger, formerly with North Plainfield Schs., NJ
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Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Julia Ivanova's filmography includes
producing and directing "From Russia, For Love", a
documentary on international adoption, that has screened on CBC's
Passionate Eye and has been sold internationally. She directed
her second documentary "I Want a Woman", about Eastern
European men looking for love in the North American world, for
Make Believe Media and CBC “Rough Cuts”. She recently
completed another documenatry "Fatherhood Dreams" for
Global Currents on gay men parenting. Julia is a graduate of
the Russian film school VGIK.
Boris Ivanov is Interfilm’s “hands
on” producer in charge of development and production
as well as marketing for the slate of documentaries. His producing
credits include the documentaries Fatherhood Dreams, From Russia,
For Love.. Other credits include theatrical recreations director/producer
for CBS/History channel’s Beyond Top Secret, which has
earned two News and Documentary Emmy® nominations in 2007.
“Moscow Freestyle” features the music
of a great European jazz musician, a Norwegian, Nils
Petter Molvaer as well as the lyrics and songs of
a talented Vancouver band The
"Moscow Freestyle" has won a Humanity
Award at the Red Shift Festival in New York.
It is currently screening on Yes/DBS in Israel and on "Planete" Poland.