*Movies that Matter Foundation (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* FIFDH - Festival du film et Forum sur les Droits Humains (Geneve, Switzerland)
* Message to Man International Film Festival (St Petersburg, Russia)
* Inconvenient Films Documentary Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania)
* Festival des Libertés (Brussels, Belgium)
* Festivaletteratura (Camposampiero, Italy)
* Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)
* Kaunas International Film Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Russian Libertine

Category |Current Affairs, Human Rights, Politics
Year | 2012
Country | Finland
Running time | 75’ - 52’
Format | HD
Production | Kinocompany LTD
Director | Ari Matikainen

For many in Russia, author Victor Erofeyev is a troublemaker. For decades he has been in conflict with the Russian state because he is seen as a champion of Western ideology. His views have landed him in court and led to death threats. Even his family life has been affected – the political death of his father, a high-ranking Communist officer, is attributed to Victor’s books challenging the State. But through all this Victor has stayed in Russia to help inspire change. At a time ordinary people as well as different extremist movements have began to demand political reform – change is in the air.

What makes Victor risk everything for democracy in a country where it just doesn’t seem to fit? Behind the stage and apparent elections a battle over power is taking place. The country’s rulers stay the same and political history repeats itself, yet something has changed. Russian Libertine recounts the unique story of Victor and helps understand the mentality of this immense country and its people. The film shows how the growing pressure from the government affects the mentality of the nation and what kind of changes can be expected. The Russians want to live in peace and safety while in the middle of uncertainty they need faith and hope to be able to survive – like us.

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