Archive of films We Live at the Edge / My živem na kraji

Belarus
2002, 22 min

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
Year: 2002

A fading Belarusian village located on the steep banks of a river. Now only old men and women live there, left to fend for themselves. They tackle the river by boat; pasture and cemetery are on the other bank. The old women consider the waning of tradition and the general decline in morality as greater calamities than the way they have been treated by history.


Synopsis

A village on a steep bank eroded almost symbolically by the river. The houses are also being worn away and the village is ever becoming more sparsely populated. The young leave, the old die, the cemetery across the river fills up, but no-one ever goes there to pay his or her respects. The old must take care of themselves but cannot manage without their own hard work. A flotilla of barges comes to transport the livestock from the pasture lands. Old women are at the oars. They are the ones who contemplate their lot in life, and the wretched state of their region. Not only has a foul Chernobyl wind blown through it, but other calamities trouble it as well: the waning of tradition and the collapse of a morality which once governed their small world teetering on the edge of civilisation. And, indeed, they themselves now have matured to the very edge of life. But part of the world’s order dictates that people fade while nature endures with its daily round of sunrise and sunset on the river, creating a rhythm by which their existence and sense of life’s beauty have been defined.

About the director

Victor Asliuk graduated from the Belarus Academy of Arts in 1994. He has some fascinating titles to his name, such as Tears of the Prodigal Son, Forgotten Heavens (1996), Eternal Subject (1997), Good Evening, Garden, Garden (1998). In 2000 competed in the Documentary Film Competition at the 35th Karlovy Vary IFF with the film Andrew’s Stone.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films in Competition
   
Director: Viktor Asljuk / Victor Asliuk
Screenplay: Viktor Asljuk
Dir. of Photography: Anatol Kazazajev / Anatol Kazazaev
Editor: Viktor Asljuk
Producer: Shenko
Production: Belarusfilm
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