(1958) dares to risk his neck as a Russian film maker with critical documentaries and films on tricky political issues in his native country. His documentary Russian Lessons on the one-sided news coverage of the Russo-Georgian war in 2008 earned him the title Man of the Year 2009 in Georgia. Owing to the sharp criticism expressed on the Russian government and the army the film could only be shown in Russia to friends from the opposition. His film Rebellion, the Litvinenko Case from 2007 is a indictment against the Russian state security service FSB, who have been behind various bomb attacks and hijackings, allegedly carried out in order to keep Putin in the saddle. Nekrasov did various film and cultural studies in Russia, Paris and Bristol. In 1985 he was Andrej Tarkovsky's right hand man in the shooting and editing of Sacrifice (Offret). Subsequently he made a number of documentaries and tv programmes. His first short from 1993, Springing Lenin, won the UNESCO prize in Cannes. The long feature following it, Love is as Strong as Death, won prizes too. Nekrasov is also a playwright and works as a stage director.(nov 2010)
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Winternachten is pleased that Oxfam Novib and Dutch PEN are announcing the winners of the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards at the festival. One of the laureates will come to The Hague to collect his or her prize.
The Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards are given out annually. Prizes are awarded to writers and artists who refuse to remain silent but instead dare to make their opinions heard and get into difficulty as a result. Lionel Veer, the Dutch human rights ambassador, will present the awards.
Straight after this the PEN Dispute starts, organised by Writers Unlimited in cooperation with Dutch PEN. In times of war, under dictatorial rule, and in extreme circumstances the governments involved try to control and manipulate news coverage. Propaganda and censorship are well-known methods to influence public opinion, but nowadays technological manipulation of the news is within the bounds of possibility. How are these novel methods of manipulation put into action and why must they be exposed? And how does manipulation of the media work here in the West? Raoul Heertje talks to writers and journalists Joris Luyendijk, Arnold Karskens, Xandra Schutte and David van Reybrouck about these issues. Award ceremony in English. PEN Dispute in Dutch.
Andrei Nekrasov is a Russian documentary maker with a mission: with his films he exposes social and political wrongs. Amongst others he made documentaries on the murder of the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 and on the Russo-Georgian war in 2008. In 2009 and 2010 Jelle Brandt Corstius made two documentary series on the life of the man in the street in Russia. Thijs Berman - one-time correspondent in Russia and now a European Union MP - talks to them about their hunt for today''s Russian truths. In English.