Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) 2016. Ch.I A General Overlook

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This is the dark, incredibly realistic bibliographical drama directed by Steve Hoover and starred by Gennadiy Mokhnenko. Being both Ukrainian and USA project it is done in English, Russian and sometimes Ukrainian languages. I would not call it strictly documentary film in concern of the ‘fictional’ symbols artistically provided through the process of montage yet surely classify this film as ‘nonfiction’.

The movie has the structure of the metanarrative of pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko who is invited to the women’s prison to give a speech about his social activities and Republic Pelegrim for orphan children who or whose parents were drug-addicts, alcoholics practicing severe home abuse. His speech includes several chronologically built stories of different people. It immerses the viewer in the events of Mariupol (with a short exception of Kiev) starting in year 2012 then jumps back to 2000 coming back to 2015, that is why it has nonlinear development. Additionally, there are inserts of the…

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