Grozny Dreaming

2008
documentary, 95 min.

Festivals and Awards
special mention, IIFF Iasi International Film Festival 2009, Romania. “Gran Prix Lessinia, Lessinia d’Oro”, Lessinia Film Festival, Italy, 2008 @ FIPA, Biarritz (France), 2009, section "Situation de la création européenne" @ Solothurner FIlmtage 2009 (CH) @ Doc à Tunis festival from the 1st to the 5th of april 2009 (Tunisie) @ 5th Aljazeera int. Documentary FIlm Festival, 13th to 16th of April 2009 (Doha, Qatar) @ 9th Festival Salento Negroamaro, 21-24 of May 2009 (Italy): opening film 23rd May: concert of the Caucasian Chamber Orchestra @ "Documentarist 2009", Istanbul, 2nd - 9th of June 2009 Premio speciale “Solidarietà”, Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2009 Premio speciale della Giuria", Cervino Cinemountain Festival di Cervinia, Italy, 2009 The Caucasus is a mountain chain of incredible beauty, but it is also devastated by wars and ethnic conflicts of appalling violence. Against this background of death, poverty and desperation the German musician Uwe Berkemer creates an orchestra of musicians from diverse ethnic groups, who bring a seed of peace to the war zones and most isolated villages. The film enters the people’s houses and describes their sorrow like “cows taken to the slaughterhouse”, but also the hopes of the musicians for the future of their homeland where the roses continue to grow even among the ruins. The music becomes the instrument of peace and the echo of these notes in the Caucasian mountains almost drives out that of gunfire. @ 1st Iasi International Film Festival (Romania): int. competition