Cinetrain: unique cinema journeys

Cinetrain: The European Border (2008)



Creating Cinetrain was to bring up-to-date a unique working method, invented by Russian documentary filmmakers in the 1930s. Film crews, under the guidance ofAleksandr Medvedkin, used to travel through the Soviet Union in specially equipped wagons.

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Although they were filming the industrial achievements of the regime, their underlying goal was to give the power of speech to people who didn’t normally have the opportunity to get their voices heard. They were shooting and, straight away, edited and screened their movies on the spot to the people that took part in the movies.


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In 2008, the international workshop aimed at ensuring the legacy of this spirit, but by focusing its interest on the notion of borders. “Did we just cross the European border?” 18 young filmmakers constantly asked themselves this question along the 9302 km of the mythic Trans-Siberian railroad track. In a world where puting up a film together from writing to shooting and editing can take years, we offer a complete different approach: Documentary filmmaking on the move from city to city, editing on the way, the movies having to be screen upon arrival to the final destination.

The project was co-organized by Nisi Masa, MiruMir and Moviement.


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