Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Following a stubbornly ambitious youth dance troupe from the war-torn Chechen capital of Grozny, Dutch filmmaker Jos de Putter documents the lives of these children and their coach as they deal with the chaos surrounding them in his 2002 film Dans, Grozny, Dans (Dance, Grozny, Dance). In the midst of preparing for their upcoming European tour, the traditional dance troupe and their coach Ramzan Akhamadov steadfastly prepare their folk dance routines under the constant threat of violence stemming from the ongoing Chechan-Russian conflict. Fully aware of their duties as Chechan representatives, the children journey forth on their performance tour with the hopes of convincing audiences that not all Chechans are separatist terrorists. Dans, Grozny, Dans earned the Grand Prize award at the first Chicago International Documentary Film Festival in 2002 and screened at a number of other film festivals, including the Tribeca and Rotterdam International Film Festivals.
dance-troupe, inspiration, message, misunderstanding, national-identity, peace, Russia, strife, war, youth