Director: Mirjam Leuze / Kyrgyzstan, Germany / 2014 / 96m / Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English / Subtitle: English / Cast: Erkingül Imankodjoeva, Bubuhan
Ormonova, Sakish Konokbaeva, Asel Orumbaeva, Tamara Djusheeva, Gulkayr Osmonalieva / Selection: 2014 Berlin IFF, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Cologne Cinema, DOK.fest
Every day trucks thunder through Barskoon village. They carry a deadly freight filled with cyanide, used for extracting gold from the nearby Kumtor goldmine. In 1998 a truck full of cyanide crashed into the river that runs through the village. Many villagers died and hundreds became ill. After seven years in which the Kyrgyz government does nothing a handful of courageous women begin to fight for the rights of the victims. When a revolution topples the government of President Bakiev in 2010, the women are at the forefront of the protests. After the first democratic election, Erkingul, the leader of the village protesters, manages to secure a seat in parliament and continues to lead the fight against the gold mine as a politician. Staying very close to the activists, this humorous film describes not only the political commitment displayed by these women in their struggle for justice, but also how people manage to survive in a Kyrgyz village.