Holocaust: is that a wallpaper paste?

About the film

Title: Holocaust: is that a wallpaper paste?
Production company: Bactria Film
Country of production: Russia
Year of Production: 2013
Duration: 61 min min.

Film crew

Scriptwriter: Mumin Shakirov
Film director: Mumin Shakirov
Producer: Mumin Shakirov
Director of photography: Vyacheslav Makariev
Composer: Ahmad Bakaev
Sound director: Vyacheslav Makariev


The Karatygin sisters woke up famous after the TV show “The Utterly Stunning” where they were asked a question what is Holocaust. Two girls replied that it was a wallpaper paste. Russian Internet went viral.


The Karatygin sisters received what all the other young people dream about – become famous in Russia. This is why they came to participate in a MUZ-TV programme “The Utterly Stunning”. This show usually does not cover topics one would have during exams, and unexpectedly the girls were asked what the word “Holocaust” meant. The girls replied that it was some paste for wall paper. This episode of the show received an enormous number of clicks on YouTube and raised a lot of questions about the Russian education and about the girls themselves. Meeting with the Karatygin girls inspired an idea: arrange a trip for them to Auschwitz in Poland, show them and tell them about the place where one of the most horrific tragedies of the 20th century took place.

Festival and awards
Date Festival Form of participation Award
15.12.2013 The Stalker International Film Festival Competition programme Special Prize from the Russian Journalists Union
15.05.2014 INPUT-2013 Participant
22.06.2013 35th International Moscow Film Festival Competition documentary programme
08.11.2013 Verzio Film Festival
17.04.2014 VII Russian Film Festival "Sputnik Over Poland" Information programme
25.04.2014 JEWISH MOTIFS IFF Competition programme
11.11.2013 International Jewish Film Festival, IJFF, Boston Participant
18.05.2014 Jewish Film Festival Zagreb Competition programme
26.08.2013 Film Forum "Chekhov's Motherland" Participant

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