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The User’s Guide



Friday May 5, 2:20 PM

Saturday May 6, 10 AM


Liberation  The User’s Guide

Russia, 2016 (80 min.)

A striking vérité documentary that follows the long struggle of two inmates at a mental hospital. Like many of their fellow residents, they have spent much of their lives here-abandoned by their mothers, raised with little access to vital therapy and programs, and caught in an impersonal bureaucracy that prevents them from taking control of their own lives. A rare and intimate look inside a system that imprisons people with mental illness and cognitive disabilities, forcing them to meet nearly impossibly high standards for release. “I’m so tired,” Katia sighs at one point. “Why does it have to be so difficult?”

“[Shows] a Russia that suggests to its citizens that the restrictions of their rights is indispensable to their security” 

– À voir à lire


“Kuznetsov is a remarkable documentary filmmaker (...) 

a singular voice” 

–Le Monde


Alexander Kuznetsov


Livia Bloom, Icarus Films 


In Russian with English subtitles

Film 8
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