28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Volia Chajkouskaya
original title: Агульная мова
country: Estonia, Belarus
year: 2019
running time: 13 min.


The director, who has always been viewed as the black sheep in her family, sets out to the Belarusian town of Vitebsk to talk with her parents about previous grievances and topics that were considered taboo. The effort to find a common language, which runs into stormy emotions and the inability to voice honest opinions, is captured through both personal moments and detailed shots of the protagonists’ faces.
“I decided to visit my parents in Vitebsk so that I could talk with them about things I didn’t have the courage to speak about before, and to ask them some crucial questions.” V. Chajkouskaya
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Volia Chajkouskaya (born 1987) studied journalism in Minsk and documentary studies in Tallinn. She is the founder and program director of the Northern Lights Nordic Baltic Film Festival. In 2016, she established the Belarussian-Estonian production company Voila Films, which acted acted as the producer for Dmitri Kalashnikov’s award-winning feature-length documentary The Road Movie

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director: Volia Chajkouskaya
producer: Riho Västrik, Volia Chajkouskaya
editing: Patrick Antonjuk
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