A 16-mm documentary film, shot in Germany, Poland and Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The film has no commentary or dialogue and instead documents landscapes and residents in an observational manner.
Брат is a unique portrait of 1990s Russia. It shows the violence, desperation, poverty and moral decay of a nation in search for a new identity after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It’s a cult movie in Russia and for me an undisputable masterpiece with profound meaning.
USSR (now RUSSIA). Moscow. December 24, 1990. Soviet mothers who lost their sons in the Red Army are held back by State militia as they hold photographs of their loved ones in Red Square. A group of about 200 Soviet parents who have all lost sons through ethnic violence and accidents within the Soviet armed services demonstrated outside the Kremlin. 6,000 Soviet service men were killed during 1990, as Moscow sent troops to quell separatist ambitions and ethnic strife (both deeply intertwined) to every corner of the Union (Baltic, Caucasian and Central Asian SSRs).
Russia back in the 1990s was a very rough place. Brother captivates the zeitgeist of this painful period in russian history. Mafia, street violence, desperate youth and a so regretted Sergei Bodrov Jr.
The Kamov Ka-50 “Black Shark” attack helicopter was introduced to the Russian military in the mid-‘90s, a single-seat attack helicopter intended for engaging both air and ground targets. It was reported to have performed well in operations during the Second Chechen War.
Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov, said, “When I used my knife, it brought psychological relief. I know I have to be destroyed. I was a mistake of nature.” He was responsible for sexually assaulting, killing and mutilating 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in Russia. After being captured in 1992, he was ordered to be killed by a firing squad in 1994.