We Chechens

José Costa

The conflict between Russia and Chechnya escalated in the early 1990s. Between 1994 and 2009, two wars shook the North Caucasus region to the core. Thousands of people die, thousands flee. The documentary We Chechens accompanies five refugees in their homeland of exile in Germany and sheds light on the consequences of war and uprooting, which are omnipresent in their everyday lives. At the same time, the film traces the protagonists' efforts to maintain Chechen traditions and political structures and to pass them on to the next generation. Parallels to the current war in Ukraine come to mind during the interviews with the protagonists and the historical film material.

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Direction José Costa
Country Deutschland
Year 2021
Duration 78 min
Language Original with German Subtitles
Production José Costa
Camera José Costa, Olga Boycheno
Sound José Costa, Marian Mierzwa-Hofmann, Isabel Heuler


World premiere

About the director

Director José Malinowski studied at Filmhochschule Darmstadt.



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Regional feature film program