baced on a novel by GEORGI VLADIMOV and conversations with Kornelija Jankauskaite
Directed by Masha Turchaninova
The Novel by Georgi Vladimov Faithful Ruslan, subtitled The Story of a is a story of a guard dog from a Gulag labor camp, told from the point of view of the dog itself.
After the labor camp is dismantled, Ruslan's handler chases the dog away, unable to shoot him. Many other guard dogs of the camp had the same luck. Over time most of them somehow found their ways in "civil" life, but Ruslan cannot forget his duty; he perceives the empty camp as one huge prisoners' escape and prefers to starve than to take food from stranger's hands…
Initially all dogs used to come to the railway station, waiting in vain for a train with a fresh party of inmates. Eventually all but Ruslan cease doing so. At last a train arrives, bringing a party of enthusiastic workers for a " Great Construction Projects of Communism” to be launched at the site of the camp. Workers form a column and march forward with songs. Suddenly from all corners of the settlement the former guard dogs come out and take their usual posts around the column…
The story begins from the moment the labor camp is closed and demolished, includes the dog's best reminiscences of its past, and ends with the dog's violent death.
According to the author, the purpose of the novel was "to see the hell through the eyes of a dog who assumes it is a paradise".
The other component of the show is a story of a real woman, a prisoner of Gulag Kornelija Jankauskaite told by her daughter from the conversations with her mother