Cinetrain 2009

Cinetrain 2009

This was a workshop organized by Cinetrain.

 

Cinetrain is a unique filmmaker's workshop which first took place in September 2008, when 18 young filmmakers from 13 countries organized in 6 film crews traveled across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok and successfully shot 6 short documentaries.
On August 2009 Cinetrain will get back on tracks from Moscow to Astana, through Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. To fill up the train compartment, we need 24 young filmmakers who would love Central Asia, developing their professional skills, making new professional contacts, and shooting altogether 8 short documentary films.
The theme of 2009 Cinetrain is "Cultural Neighboring". 20 years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, new identity and cultural questions arise in those new independent republics. They were once collaborators who were building an ideal together; they now became "just neighbors". Do the populations build up new cultural identities? How and do they defend it from their neighbors? Do they culturally exchange/influence/interact on one another? How does it feel to have such a superpower like Russia for neighbor? What does it mean for them to be neighbors? Is being neighbors just a state of things or an active interaction. How is everyday life of the population changed by those interactions? The train will stop in 7 cities with very different identities and cultural background:
Moscow (Heart of the "Russian empire"), Samara (Russian provincial city), Orenburg (sang by Alexander Pushkin), Bukhara (an ancient Muslim town), Tashkent (modern Uzbekistan capital-city), Almaty (business and cultural center of Kazakhstan), Astana (Kazakhstan capital).
3 COUNTRIES, 7 CITIES, 8000 KM, 25 DAYS, 8 FILMS, 24 TALENTS… WANT TO APPLY?

Visit the official Cinetrain site: www.cinetrain.ru

Films
Includes footage from my shorts, commercials, a music video and a contemporary dance film. Music used: New Order - Ceremony.
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