Date: 24 January 2022 (ended)
Section: CARTE BLANCHE VITALY MANSKY
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
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(Voce silenziosa / Silent Voice)
Francia – Belgio / France – Belgium
2020, HD, col., 51’
v.o. inglese – cecena – francese / English – Chechen – French o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Anaïs Llobet, Reka Valerik. Fotografia / Photography: Arnaud Alberola. Montaggio / Editing: Jeanne Oberson. Suono / Sound: Hélène Clerc Denizot, Aline Gavroy. Produzione / Produced by: Dublin Films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Need Production, Maelstrom Studios. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, CNC, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, TV7 Bordeaux and Sabam. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: CAT&Docs.
Young and promising Chechen MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter Khavaj must flee from Chechnya to Brussels when his brother discovers his homosexuality and promises to kill him. In Brussels, facing the shock of exil, he is struck by mutism. The only link that he keeps with Chechnya are the vocal messages that his mother sends him. In this documentary, which traces his first months of life in Belgium, Khavaj slowly observes how the last link that ties him to Chechnya disintegrates. The life of yesterday is in the past, but the future is not clear yet.
Silent Voice premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam and was then selected in many international festivals, including Artdocfest, where it won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary.
2020 Tichij golos (Silent Voice) doc.; Premi / Awards: Artdocfest – Grand Prize; Biografilm Festival – Menzione speciale / Special Mention; Hot Docs Canadian IDF – Miglior mediometraggio documentario / Best Mid-Lenght Documentary