Yesterday, I attended two more East Doc Platform events which I found really inspiring. The first was a lecture by Helle Faber, producer of Putin’s Kiss (2012), speaking about how the film progressed from an idea to a feature-length production. The film follows the journey of Masha, a young spokesperson for Nashi, the increasingly popular Russian political youth movement controlled directly by the Kremlin.
Faber spoke honestly and concisely about all aspects of the process of making a documentary, and really gave an insight into the industry as well as the relationships built when documenting somebody else’s life.
We interviewed Faber about making the film and heard her advice for new film-makers. It was really a pleasure to speak with such an empowering and inspirational woman, and hear her personal story of the journey of making Putin’s Kiss.
I also attended a case study of the cross-media platform made by the Riahi brothers, Everyday Rebellion. It comprises of a website, film projects and interactive tools (such as ’protest tips’), which is focused on creative forms of non-violent protest and civil disobedience. The project is frankly amazing, and an innovative, as well as suitably fun, clever and tongue-in-cheek way of delivering a serious message of protecting free speech and fighting authoritarian systems, which I see as very necessary today.