Between 1986 and 1990 Arthur Aristakisian lived among the tramps and beggars of Kishinov the Moldavian capital studying them and empathising with their plight. This documentary follows a series of case studies--all disadvantaged in some way--as they go about their daily business of struggling to eke out an existence in a cruel and hostile world. Aristakisian takes a philosophical almost spiritual view of his subjects (he uses the analogy of an aborted foetus to imply rejection and removal from society a direct reference to a painful chapter in his own life). But by way of rationalising he likens them to Christ and his disciples whose outsider status was part of their uniqueness. Aristakisians sensitive narration is that of a father intoning truths to his unborn child while the monochrome photography perfectly captures the former Soviet city in all its desolate glory.
Release Date: 23 July 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Running Time: 140 minutes
Production Year: 1993
Main Language: Russian\Russian