CJFE is proud to co-present the Canadian premiere of "Our Newspaper" at this year's Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film festival held in Toronto, Canada. This year's festival will run from April 28 to May 8, 2011, presenting over 200 films from more than 43 countries, and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto.
About the film
In Uljanovsk, Russia, a remote countryside village, political news from far-away Moscow is irrelevant and tiresome. Quitting his job at the national paper, The Leninist, rouge journalist Andrej Shkolni starts Our Newspaper. With only his wife to help, he self-publishes stories affecting the local community. In an observational style, Eline Flipse follows Shkolni on his formidable quest to celebrate his unique but forgotten village. Reporting on a farmer’s lost dog or profiling the village doctor who cycles to house calls in -20°F weather boosts the paper’s popularity, but when Shkolni digs into issues such as the community’s lack of water supply, authorities threaten to shut down the indie operation. Shkolni’s tenacity and dedication to journalistic integrity are admirable and identifiable in this charming snapshot of contemporary Russia. - Lynne Crocker
Duration: 58 min
Language: Russian (with English subtitles)
Directed and produced by Dutch filmmaker Eline Flipse