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Jean-Christophe Buisson: “Hello Ossetian sadness”


CHRONICLE – What do Caucasian girls dream about? A beautiful film, harsh, powerful, disturbing.

A small mining town in North Ossetia. The sky is grey, Ada’s mood too. In the patriarchal societies of this region of the Russian Caucasus, the life of a young girl is not a cakewalk. Especially when you live under the same roof as your father and brother. Especially when you’re the only woman in the family. Especially when you’re gently harassed by a 20-year-old boy in the midst of sexual efflorescence. Especially when you experienced a physical and psychological trauma as a child: the attack by Chechen Islamists on school No. 1 in Beslan (September 2004, 186 children killed). Since then, Ada has had the scars of a major operation on her body and on her head those of a slight disorder of neurons – there is reason for that.

Nerves on edge, Ada both dreams and fears of leaving a father who imposes silence, obedience and submission on her. She aspires to freedom while fearing it. Wonders if she’s ready to escape her fate, the narrow but familiar walls of her…

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