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video, 26 min, 2008

In the forests between Moscow and St.Petersburg 10.000 young Russians are preparing themselves for a heroic future. Their aim is to make Russia the global leader of the 21st Century. They are the choses ones of Russia: the future managers and politicians of the country. 

As the only outsider, Dutch artist Daya Cahen was allowed to film extensively inside the summer training camp of Vladimir Putin’s radical youth movement “Nashi” (Ours), known for using violence against Putin’s opponents.

It is a camp where you can easily get thrown out for alcohol or drugs, while good education and leadership skills are highly prized, along with traditional values, paramilitary discipline and unity around the leader and common goal of Russia as the world's greatest Empire. At the same time the West is ridiculed and anti-American sentiments are enforced. 

In "Nashi", Cahen splits the screen to visually multiply the already looming impression of impending fascism and reveals how a seemingly innocent summer camp can become an important tool for indoctrination and radicalization. Her film provides insight into the forge of the system's leaders and the system itself. 

This film was kindly supported by the

Mondriaan Foundation, Dutch Filmfund,

Stichting Democratie en Media and Camalot

Director          Daya Cahen

Editor               Daya Cahen

Camera 1         Daya Cahen

Camera 2         Daya Cahen

Sound                Danila Cahen

Fixer Russia    Olga Kravetz

Soundmix        Ferry de Pater