© 2019  by Nika Belianina

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Jenny

short film

Synopsis

She moved from Russia to Canada years ago with her son. Now she is old, yet she still misses her home. In her letters to a friend, Jenny shares her sweet memories of their past life and masks the miseries she has to deal with in the present. Her now grown-up son isn't a nice little kid anymore, but an abusive alcoholic. 

Production Type: Short fiction

Genre: Human rights, docu-drama, culture
Production Type: Fiction Film
Running Time: 6 mins 45 sec
Year: 2009
Languages: Russian and English, subtitles

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Screenings

  • NSI online film festival, Canada, 2013

  • Artivist Film Festival, Hollywood, USA, 2009

  • ION Film Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, human rights film festival, 2009

  • 15th Stalker International FF, Moscow, Russia, human rights film festival, 2009

  • Steps International Rights Protection Film Festival, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2009

  • DeboshirFilm - Pure Dreams Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009

  • Purchased by tv-channel "The Country" with 350 cities of broadcasting in Russia and ex-USSR republics.

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Interesting fact:

Nika's actual grandmother Dina (legal name Jenny) played the lead role in the film. She always dreamed to be a film star, and had her dream fulfilled at the age of 82. Together with the director, Jenny attended festival's screening in Los Angeles in the heart of Hollywood. Something she couldn't even imagine before. And at the age of 86 she moved back to Russia after living in Canada for 6 years. The film resembles some true stories of her life. In November of 2016 she'll be celebrating her 91st birthday.