New Saint, The
How an ordinary soldier became an icon for the Russian people: the story of saint Yevgeny and his mother.
Yevgeny Rodionov was once an ordinary Russian soldier. But after being killed in Chechnya, he became a holy martyr in the battle against Islam. The church, army and people of Russia embrace the new saint as an example of patriarchal self-sacrifice. The saint’s mother, unable to get over her loss, becomes an ambassador for this religious icon, while young soldiers are getting ready to follow in the footsteps of their hero.
70’ / video / colour
Dir: Allard Detiger
Prod: Volya Films (NL), Co-prod: Serendipity Films (BE)
Sc: Allard Detiger
Completed: November 2010
Language: Russian (English subtitles)
First feature length documentary.
a.o. KASPAROV'S OTHER RUSSIA (2008, short doc), KRESTY, HOPE DIES LAST (2006, short doc), WE LOVE PUTIN (2003, short doc).