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Eugenia Gortchakova - Breakfast in rubljovka

5:39, 2011, Documentary
The video investigates the contrasts in the Russian society after perestroika on the example of residents of Rubljovka (a district near Moscow), to whom usually only the new rich and the political elites are counted. The real residents are season workers from former Asian soviet republics, because they work and live there, whereas the oligarchs are seldom in their houses, which are usually built only as an investment.
Expatriate workers are usually not included into consideration in the western societies, although they do the hardest part of the work. This omission, regarded as normal, dehumanise.
The camera does not estimate, it follows Tajiks in their simple everyday life and hard work without emotions. The young workers live in harmony with themselves and accept the situation as it is. They do not pose for nice pictures, never become objects. They live in habitual clock time, counting days and hours till returning back home. Their time is defined by nature: they sleep, when the sun is too strong and work at noon or early in the morning, eating during pauses in the working process.
The title reminds of famous Breakfast at Tiffany, where the meal is also taken as a metaphor for the close view at the protagonists. The contrasts are also shown in the choice of music, bearing eastern characteristics with repetition and speeding up of Ravel Bolero. Short cuts, rhythm and change of plans remind of the Russian avant-garde film stylistic. Are the Tajiks suppressed tragically heroes? The video, showing a poesy and hardness of their work, does not give a definite answer, denying populist slogans of actual migrant-debates.
DirectorEugenia Gortchakova

CountryUKEdition2011

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