Alina Rudnitskaya’s compelling documentary, shot in black and white, presents a vivid portrait of Russian rural life by following the work of a roving blood transfusion service.

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  • Director Alina Rudnitskaya
  • Screenwriter Sergey Vinokurov
  • Russia 2013
  • 59 mins
  • Sales Deckert Distribution

Filmed in stark black and white, Alina Rudnitskaya’s award-winning documentary charts the lives and routines of a Russian blood transfusion team as their mini-van travels to remote, almost out of reach towns. Their task is to collect blood from the local people and as each donation provides a source of income the queues are long. But under the guise of a straightforward ‘documentary’, the film offers a striking portrait of small town life in contemporary Russia, as well as of the clinical team itself. Against a world of hardship and contradiction, we encounter unforgettable characters, dry humour, absurdity and friendship. As the director said, these extraordinary characters were found, not invented. Not for the squeamish.

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  • Director Cristina Picchi
  • Russia 2013
  • 12 mins

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