At one time, seven hundred patients from all corners of the Soviet Union were housed in the Alexander Kajaia Mental Hospital in the Geor­gian town of Surami. Fifteen years after Georgia gained inde­pen­dence, the psychi­atric clinic numbers only thirty male and forty female resi­dents. They are poor as church mice: the plaster comes off the walls, food is scarce and the louse a tough enemy. But above all the vast terrain is domi­nated by idle­ness. People have nothing to do; the men and women hang, lie, stand or sit aimlessly about, inside or outside. The camera goes every­where, in every room and under every tree it regis­ters the empty exis­tence under lock and key, but also captures the resi­dents’ person­al­i­ties, who have not all lost their sense of reality. Some­times, they recite beau­tiful poems, or break into a melan­cholic song. Exploding medi­cine, hidden in jam of sweet tanger­ines’, a man whis­pers through bars. A moment like this does not escape director Harrie Timmer­mans in his wistful documentary.

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Title: Kinderen van Stalin
Year: 2006
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2006

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