Seventy-seven-year-old Vera Putina is convinced that Vladimir Putin is the son whom she sent from Georgia to his grandparents in Russia at a young age and whom she never saw again. Director Ineke Smits does not bother to establish the truth via documentation or other evidence, but made a portrait of voluble Vera. The Georgian village where Vera lives is also something else. In Metechi, people at a graveyard picnic first raise their glasses to `that noble man Stalin'; and all the streets of Metechi are called Stalin Street. Smits captured some hilarious moments without derision, offers a view of life in Georgia and persuades Vera to divulge more and more fragments of her life and to explain why Vladimir could be her son.


Executive producer
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
Volya Films
TV company

Title: Poetins mama
Year: 2003
Duration : 51 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2004

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