5 minutes of freedom

About the film

Title: 5 minutes of freedom
Title in Russian: 5 минут свободы
Production company: SugarDocs
Country of production: Russia
Year of Production: 2012
Duration: 86 min.
Web-site of the film: www.facebook.com

Film crew

Scriptwriter: Ksenia Sakharnova, Kirill Sakharnov
Film director: Ksenia Sakharnova, Kirill Sakharnov
Producer: Ksenia Sakharnova
Director of photography: Kirill Sakharnov, Oleg Mamonov, Andrey Gurkin, Ksenia Sakharnova
Sound director: Pavel Fedyunin


Two generations of protesters and activists meet in this film to talk about what they did and what they will sacrifice for the better future.


On August 25, 1968, a group of seven people gathered on Red Square in Moscow to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. 5 minutes of Freedom at the main Soviet square cost them years in camps, exile and prison. The authors of the film meet the surviving protagonists of that protest and show the new generation of fighters for democratic rights in present-day Russia. The camera follows young activists of opposition movement, helping to find answer to the question: who are the modern dissidents? And what sacrifices are they willing to make in order to live in a democratic society?

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