This award-winning, stunningly beautiful documentary reveals how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya. Divided into three episodes or 'rooms,' the film is characterized by an elegantly paced observational style, which uses little dialog, minimal voice-over commentary and a spare but evocative musical score. 'The 3 Rooms of Melancholia', which poetically blends sustained close-ups of children's faces with gray, fog-shrouded landscapes, illuminates the emotional devastation wrought on youngsters who have little or no understanding of the historical and political reasons for the bitter conflict. In an even more troubling sense, the film also makes clear how the seeds of hatred are being instilled in young minds that will likely fuel the conflict into the next generation.
THREE ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2004
FORMAT: 16:9 / PAL
RUN TIME: 1 HOUR & 46 MINUTES
SOUND: DOLBY 5.1 / 2.0
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: RUSSIAN, ARABIC, CHECHEN & FINNISH
SUBTITLES: FINNISH, SWEDISH & ENGLISH
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