Who Can Be Happy And Free

Who Can Be Happy And Free

Who Can Be Happy And Free

5 min
Single Channel Video
Russia/The Netherlands, 2014

In this work, Lyubov Matyunina translates a poetry titled Who Can Be Happy and Free in Russia? by Nikolaj Nekrasov, written in 1877, into a film about the state of Russia today. The poem was written under the reign of Tsar after the abolition of slavery and the film was made during the reign of Putin after the Russia attacked Ukraine.

This film indirectly is a narrative about the political situation in Russia. Matyunina traveled through several regions in Russia, asking people about their perception of freedom and happiness. In general, the respondents gave more personal answers than any questions. The pursuit of freedom and happiness for them is not far from friendship, family, military service, religion, drinks, and music. There were no cynical and depressing impression of the Russians at this time, but at the same time looked so intimate and very important. This film shows the optimism that is visible from the current Russian society.

Lyubov Matyunina

Born in Kaliningrad, Russia 1985. having her bachelor on Fine Arts, from Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2014). She courses “World politics” in Gotland University, Sweden (2006) and having her Master of Journalistic from Russian State University (2007). One of founder of initiative-UKROP Moving Art Platform (www.ukrop.nl). Her works has been swhon in many international festival in Rotterdam, Luksuz film festival, Krško, Slovenia, KOROCHE film festival, Kaliningrad, Russia. Facilitator and teacher of UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation (Sandberg Instituut) whose organize workshops to give youngsters a chance to create their own one minute videos is now live and work in Amsterdam, Netherlands.