COCA-THE DOVE FROM CHECHNYA
Europe in Denial of a War
86 min. and 53 min., 35mm, DVD
Versions: German, French
1st Int'l Human Rights Film Award
to 'Echo of War' and to the film COCA, Berlinale 2007
Special Prize of the 4th Marler Fernsehpreises für Menschenrechte 2007
, amnesty international
Rudolf Vrba award
at the One World Festival in Prague, March 2006
Grand Prix Sergio Vieira de Mello (special mention)
Int'l Filmfestival on Human Rights Geneva 2006
2005 für Frieden und Menschenrechte an Sainap Gaschaiewa
Her parents gave Zainap Gashaeva the name «Coca» the dove. Born in exile in Kazakhstan, she became a business woman and reared four children. Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events since 1994: abduction, torture, murders.
What has been declared an «anti-terrorist operation» by President Putin has taken on features of genocide. Up to thirty percent of the Chechen population may have been killed. The world is looking away; be it out of ignorance, helplessness or opportunism.
Together with other women, Zainap has been hiding hundreds of videotapes. She is now bringing these tapes to Western Europe to serve as evidence so that the guilty on whichever side are punished. Is she tilting at windmills?
Born in Paris, living in Switzerland since 1961.
1980-88 actor, then Life Reporting from all over the world, for the printed press first, for Swiss Television DRS later on. Since 1992 documentary films, among others
2003 Der fliegende Abt (The Flying Abbot)
2002 Sprenge deine Grenzen (Burst your Limits)
2000 Die sechste Klasse (6th Grade)
1997 Kontinent K. (Continent K.)
1992 Oggi siamo tutti un po' bene (Let's be good just for today)
, «Coca»: Chechen, former business woman, now human rights activist and head of the organisation Echo of War.
, Chechen, linguist and former professor at Grozny University, now human rights activist wit the Russian organization Memorial, which won the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2005.
, Chechen, teacher, now active as an independent human rights activist in Chechnya.
, Chechen, Cocas husband, formerly employed at a large-scale bakery, now an emigrant in Ingushetia.
, Russian journalist with the «Novaja Gazeta» in Moscow, book author who won several foreign prizes. She survived an attempt to poison her when she tried to mediate in the hostage taking in Beslan.
, Chechen student and asylum seeker in Switzerland.
, Russian chemist, now human rights activist.
, Professor of law and member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Since 2004, representative of UN secretary general on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
, Member of the Swiss National Council for the Social Democratic Party, representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, special envoy on Chechnya of the Council of Europe.
vicar in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.
, During the first Chechnya War (1994-1996), mufti and bitter opponent of Moscow. 2003-2004 President of Chechnya by Moscows grace, murdered in May 2004.
Ahmeds son, leader of a notorious private army and today deputy prime minister of the Russian constituent republic of Chechnya.
, Justice minister of the Russian Federation and head of the Russian delegation to the UN Human Rights Committee.
Written and Directed by Eric Bergkraut
Photography Laurent Stoop
Editing Mireille Abramovici
Music Marie-Jeanne Serero
Sound Martin Witz, Jens-Peter Rövekamp, Luc Yersin, Rustam Achadov
Second Unit Camera Jens-Peter Rövekamp, Pierre Kaerle
Editing Consultant Martin Witz
Production Rose-Marie Schneider
Production Assistant Britta Holden
Digitising Malgorzata M. Grünenfelder-Wisniewska
Translations Eva Demircan, Lilian Chameides, Anna Ritz, Elena Ferster, Inna Cherkasova Berger
Mix Audiokraftwerk, Roberto Filaferro and Sound Design Studio, Hans Künzi
Online/Colour Grading/Special Effects Swiss Effects, Ian Mathys
Title Design Swiss Effects, Brigae Haelg
SF DRS Paul Riniker, Madeleine Hirsiger
SRG SSR idée suisse Tiziana Mona, Alberto Chollet
ARTE, Documentary Department Ulle Schroeder
YLE TV1 Co-productions Eila Werning, Erkki Astala
Executive Producer Rose-Marie Schneider
Co-producer Eric Bergkraut
Philippe Bernhard, violin
Loïc Rio, violin
Laurent Marfaing, viola
François Kieffer, violoncello
Recorded by Daniel Deshays
Hegi Mill Jazz Friends
Ensemble AZNACH (Chechnya)
Archive footage Zainap Gashaeva, Tamara Rovkova
With thanks to
UN Committee on Human Rights/Markus Schmidt, The Society for Threatened Peoples GfbV, OMCT Geneva, Swiss Finnish Point Nyon & Helsinki, Cooperativa Zuping/Motto
and to all participants
With the support of
Federal Office of Culture (DHA), Switzerland
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Protestant Church of the Canton of Zurich
Succès passages antenne
A Co-production of
Doc Productions GmbH and Eric Bergkraut
Visions du Réel Nyon 2005
Tribeca FF New York 2005
Montréal Les Films du Monde 2005
Flanders IFF Ghent 2005
Denver FF 2005
One World Berlin 2005
One World Bratislawa 2005
IDFA, Amsterdam 2005
Warschau, HR FF 2005
Forum Berlin 2005
Innsbruck IFF 2005
Oslo Films from the South 2005
Fajr Teheran 2006
Kiev Kontakt 2006
Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria
Swiss Television SF, TSR, TSI
VPRO (The Netherlands)
DR TV (Denmark)
Phoenix (Germany )
Accent Films International Ltd., Carol Spycher, Montreux / CH