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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, April 9, 2012
Blog posting written by Kaley Belval, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Intern, Woodbury, CT.
Going into Putin's Kiss, the only thing that I knew about the film was that it was Russian. Leaving, I knew a lot more about the current political circumstances of the country under the rule of Vladimir Putin.
The film has every element that I love; it is a documentary that follows government programs and corruption in the country with an investigative narrative.
Basically, it is exactly the type of film that I someday want to make.
Despite my crush on the film's structures and connections, the cinematography was stunning. It helped make this film my personal favorite at FLEFF.
It had connections to a lot of different ideas; for people who love politics, the film is very politically oriented. For people who enjoy films about female struggle and eventual independence, there is some of that too.
For those who are interested in journalism, corruption, youth programs, nationalism...this film has something that everyone can find interesting, especially if they love film.
This film was unbelievable, and truly inspired me when looking at the types of projects I want to pursue in the future. Not to mention, it won the Documentary Cinematography Award at Sundance.
Those who have not seen the film should definitely seek it out; it's definitely worth the effort to find.