Docu­men­tary about war-branded young dancers from Grozny who go on tour through Western Europe. Dans, Grozny dans (The Damned and the Sacred) demon­strates the fragility of these chil­dren’s lives.
Nobody is in shape and nobody’s costume fits.’ The dancing coach deject­edly addresses his Chechen youth dance group Daymokhk. We will have to fight. It is our mission to show the world that we are normal.’ After this pep talk, the war-branded young dancers go on a tour in an old bus, from the shat­tered capital of Grozny in Chechnya to the pros­perous cities of Amsterdam and London. The chil­dren prove that they exist; they dance superbly. Back­stage, they tell film­maker Jos de Putter about their lives and war expe­ri­ences. I remember, but am unable to talk about it.’ De Putter alter­nates their stories with images of their devas­tated father­land. Dans, Grozny dans (The Damned and the Sacred) demon­strates the fragility of these chil­dren’s lives.

Title: Dans, Grozny dans
Year: 2002
Duration : 1 hour, 14 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

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