The festival will open with a grand premiere on the first anniversary of the CBO.

Oleg Nekishev and Mikhail Burov, directors of the RT documentary channel, will present the film Boys of the Vostok Battalion.

The audience will see a few days in the life of the fighters who have been defending the independence of Donbass for eight years.

The film was shot on the front line, 300 meters from enemy positions.

The film crew worked together with the characters under mortar attacks.

“We dedicated this film to ordinary boys.

They fight with a strong enemy, but win, showing combat ingenuity and friendly support.

Their hearts are full of courage, courage and determination, but they are all waiting for when they can finally return home, having fulfilled their military duty, ”says one of the film’s directors, Oleg Nekishev.

Several more premieres will take place at the festival.

Aigul Yerbulova's film "Brothers" will show the viewer how volunteer battalions are formed and tell why yesterday's programmers, businessmen and workers voluntarily go to the front.

The film-poem "Red November" by Semyon Pegov, created on the basis of the cycle of poems of the same name by the poet and military correspondent.

"One Step" by Ekaterina Kitaytseva will introduce the heroes of the NWO who were seriously injured, but with courage overcome all difficulties.

Tatyana Borshch's film "That's Why I'm Here"

tells the

stories of journalists from European countries who came to Donbass despite the threat of criminal prosecution in their homeland.

The audience will see the laureate film of the RUSSIA documentary film festival — the film by Max Fadeev and Sergei Belous “Ghosts.

Soldiers of the Forgotten War” is about the fighters and commanders of the legendary “Ghost” battalion, which for several years held the front line of the village of Donetsk.

There will be a screening of the film by French documentary filmmaker Anne-Laure Bonnel "Donbass" about the life of the civilian population in the context of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The program also included Olga Kiriy's film "I Went to War"


the story of women who went to fight in the NVO zone;

"Military Correspondents" by Artyom Somov - the stories of Evgeny Poddubny, Murad Gazdiev, Georgy Medvedev and Pavel Kukushkin;

"Cultural Front" and "Theater of War" by Oleg Nekishev - paintings about poets and musicians who support Russian soldiers;

Andrey Yashchenko's film PMC Wagner.

Contract with the Motherland” about one of the most closed military organizations.

During the days of the festival, Channel One, the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company and the Spas TV channel will also present their films.

“It was difficult to choose films for the festival.

A lot of material has been accumulated by documentary filmmakers on the subject of CBO in one year, and each film is worthy of an award, because each is about heroes.

The main goal of the festival is not prizes.

The main thing is for the audience to know about our heroes, ”shared Ekaterina Yakovleva, head of RT documentary broadcasting and general producer of the festival.

On the final day of the festival, pitchings will be held - presentations of film projects from novice documentary filmmakers.

The jury of the festival will select the best entry for the film, which the winner will shoot together with the RT documentary channel.

More information about the program and registration is on the official website of the festival

The media partners of the festival are RIA Novosti news agency, Komsomolskaya Pravda media group, Spas TV channel, Argumenty i Fakty publishing house, Synergy University, Ratnik TV channel, Sputnik radio and Paragraph Media.

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