Feud of the titans: Khodorkovsky and Poutine

A very insightful documentary about one of Russia’s richest oil tycoon who has just been freed after spending 10 years in a Karelian penal colony, near the Finnish border. At the time of his arrest back in 2003, he was Russia’s richest man. His relationship with Mr Putin became extremely tense when he started funding oppositional parties and openly criticizing the political powers in place. Knowing he would end up in jail, he continued provoking Poutin. Why asks the filmmaker Cyril Tuschi? Why did he not simply leave the country with his billions. Trying to understand the man, Tuschi adroitly guides the viewer into this gripping fight of the titans.

The film also brushes a fascinating portrait on the manners in which Khodorkovsky and the other Russian oligarchs gathered their tremendous wealth during the chaotic times flowing the breakup of the former Soviet Union. And on how he became a threat to silence.

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About Alexandra Guité

Alexandra GUITÉ is a film director, video-journalist and teacher whose documentary films are innovative and engaging treatments of moving human stories. She completed the Institut National de l’Image et du Son’s film direction program in 2006. Passionate about the human condition, she also holds Master’s degrees both in Philosophy and Political Science as well as PhD studies in Sociology. A dedicated yoga practitioner, she has completed 500 hours advanced yoga teacher certifications. She teaches a weekly meditative class. Versatile and instinctive, she can research, write, direct, film and edit provocative political and creative point-of-view documentaries as well as introspective portraits. In her films, she has explored a broad variety of topics such as the aftermaths of a famous land expropriation, the creativity of Latin-American social movements, the social power of art in Buenos Aires, noise pollution, organic agriculture, the damages of residential schools, the life of Canada's First Nations, gentrification, homelessness as well as ballroom dancing. In 2010, she wrote, researched, directed and co-produced the 12 films of ARTE-NFB's award winning Web Documentary Sound Ecology. She has also roamed the Arctic and Canada’s West Coast producing short films for CBC-Radio-Canada. She now teaches interactive media, film and journalism after working for some years for Canada's national broadcaster (CBC/SRC), creating technological-cultural reports and directing more than 200 documentaries on poignant social and human issues.
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