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The New Greatness Case

Documentary 1h 32m 2022

Fully subtitled in English.

World Premiere

As we are witnessing the intensified crackdown on dissent and free expression in Russia, The New Greatness Case brings you into the life of young Russians caught in the crossfire. Anya was an ordinary teenager, discussing Russian politics and social issues on the internet with a group of friends, when a secret agent joined their chat group and rented them a meeting space – pushing them towards direct physical action. Police storm their homes to arrest and jail the teens, accusing them of plotting to overthrow the government and fabricating charges of extremism. Three years later, Anya’s mother, continuing her desperate fight to prove her daughter’s innocence, has transformed from a loyal follower of Vladimir Putin to a hunger-strike enacting political activist. With hidden camera footage, and an intimate relationship with the protagonists, director Anna Shishova shows the complete repression of present-day Russia, and how young, free-thinking people, are seen as a threat to the government.

“A courageous and dedicated film with incredible scenes. The case against the kids is so grotesque, it keeps you watching for the next twist.” - Bill Van Esveld, Associate Director, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

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In-Cinema experience
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.
Tuesday May 24, 9:00 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Wednesday May 25, 6:30 PM, IFC Center


Anna Shishova


Vlad Ketkovich


Iikka Vehkalahti


Sinisa Jurasic


Torstein Grude