Back and Forth
HD video, color, sound, work-in-progress.
Documentary short film that starts with a 125 years old house whose owners were exiled to Sibiria in 1930s by Soviet authorities. Settling in Novokuznetzk and digging through frozen Siberian soil to build a mud hut they probably remembered their former house as being tall and beautiful. But nowadays it's too old, it doesn't fit. It is a shame for the street - standing there surrounded by new high-rise apartment buildings. It will be torn down at some point, and there will be a hole. Not just timber and bricks will fall into it, but the shreds of collective and personal memory.
The narrative of the film is going back and forth between the recollections of the past events from 1930s and '50s and imagined future of the house, of the time when it will be torn down. The main character who is still personally related to the house confiscated from her family reads from Big Soviet Encyclopedia about 'expropriation' and 'kulaks'. At this point film revisits the language of Soviet officialdom which gave formal reasons for eviction of millions property owners in Stalin Russia.