Liberation: The User's Guide Director: Alexander Kuznetsov

ALEXANDER KUZNETSOV / 2016 / RUSSIA / 78 MINUTES / NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE / FILM RATING 18A

In a neuropsychiatric institution in Siberia, young women sit and wait for the day their lives will begin. According to state law, these women, diagnosed with various disabilities and disorders, have been moved into the facility directly from orphanages, and they may only live fully as citizens once the formidably cumbersome machinery of bureaucracy has declared them sane and worthy of the most basic individual rights. As a study in state institutional practices, Alexander Kuznetsov’s Liberation: The User’s Guide pitches the sometimes breathtaking spirit of these young women against the monumental insensitivity of the system, with both stirring and harrowing results.

Co-presented with JAYU Human Rights Film Festival and Reel World Film Festival