On the island of Ostrov in the Caspian Sea the inhabitants, left alone by the Russian state after the collapse of the Soviet Union, survive through poaching. Ivan regularly goes out to sea risking his life and freedom. He struggles, he laughs, he dances, he fights and he believes that one day Putin will see their misery and help.
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Why does an apparently large majority in Russia back Vladimir Putin? As a firsthand account from the heart of Russia, this documentary highlights the impact of aggressive propaganda in Russia on the population. It is set on a lost island in the Caspian Sea, where people have been left to fend for themselves since the collapse of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the USSR, the collective fishing industry, which once functioned well, was banned. Since then, there is neither gas nor electricity on the island, neither legal jobs nor doctors. For Ivan, a third-generation fisherman, there is only one way to support his family: illegal fishing. Drunk on state propaganda on television, Ivan nevertheless believes that Putin could fix everything for him and his family.
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Director of Photography
Second Camera / Drone Pilot
World Sales: Taskovski Films
A production of DOKLAB GMBH in coproduction with SRF Swiss Radio and Television funded by Bundesamt für Kultur, Berner Filmförderung, Cinéforom, Suissimage, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Aargauer Kuratorium, Succès Passage Antenne, Migros Kulturprozent, Fondation Suisa, Alexis Victor Thalberg Stiftung and supported by Swissfilms, Focal and Pitching du Réel 2019.