F@ck This Job

  • Vera Krichevskaya
  • United Kingdom, Germany
  • 2021
  • 104 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

A fast-moving impression of the turbulent rise and fall of Russian TV channel Dozhd. The name means “rain,” because its creator—the champagne-loving socialite Natasha Sindeeva—associates rain with freedom. Former business partner Vera Krichevskaya guides us through the story of Natasha and her wealthy husband Sasha. Through archive footage and interviews, we see the fairytale beginning, when Natasha saw her dream of an “optimistic channel” come true. But we also see how the state, under Vladimir Putin’s leadership, each year further tightens the thumbscrews on the free-spirited broadcaster.

Nevertheless, Dozhd grows to become a unique icon of independent political reporting. When the channel starts broadcasting via YouTube in 2019, viewing figures rise to the tens of millions. Meanwhile, Natasha’s dream-project has been classified by the government  as a “foreign agent.” Despite her optimism and fighting spirit, she increasingly suffers from sleepless nights. The question arises: what should she do with this successful TV channel now that it is putting the lives of its staff in danger?

Credits

  • 104 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Russian, English, German
  • Subtitles in: English (Closed Captioned)
Director
Vera Krichevskaya
Production
Mike Lerner for Roast Beef Productions, Vera Krichevskaya for Six Days Film
Executive producer
Jess Search for Doc Society, Barbara Biemann for NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Cinematography
Danny Salkhov, Aleksandr Shelaputov
Editing
Adam Finch, George Cragg, Vera Krichevskaya

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