'Putin's Kiss' Premieres on 'Global Voices' on 1 July

by Cynthia Fuchs

1 July 2012

 

At the start of Putin’s Kiss, Masha Drokova calls Russia’s then-Prime Minister “The role model for the person I’d like to share my life with, because he’s a very strong, charismatic, and intelligent man.” She knows this, she asserts, because she met him once, and felt their “spirits were kindred.” As she speaks, she looks young and enthusiastic, an ideal leader of Nashi (Youth Democratic Anti-Fascist Movement), which she joined in 2005. But over the course of Lise Birk Pedersen’s documentary—premiering 1 July on PBS—Masha comes to see both herself and her idol differently. In part, she comes to her new insights through her work with Nashi and its decidedly self-interested founder, Vasily Yakemenko. And in part she comes to them when she meets a group of journalists, including Oleg Kashin, who introduces himself by saying, “I’m an independent journalist and I don’t support the ruling power.” The film’s tight focus on Masha’s transformation reveals how a limited view might be forced to open out, that is, gradually. In this process, both trust and distrust are hard to assert.

See PopMattersreview.

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.

 


//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

// Moving Pixels

"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

READ the article