Prize of the l'Institut Français, Cinema du Réel Film Festival
Human Rights Documentary Film Festival of Vilnius
dokumentART European Documentary Film Festival
Atchinsk is a remote Siberian town, 2,500 miles from Moscow, to which Soviet dissidents have long been deported. Opponents of the Tsar often found themselves there. Today, the small, sleepy town is abuzz with the voices of regime supporters and paid activists working to re-elect Vladimir Putin. Iouri, a political opperative of Putin's party, explains the inner mechanics of the system over glass of vodka. But it's a cold winter and Atchinsk residents are not keen on talking politics, especially about the present campaign... SLEEPING SOULS captures a rarely-seen rural Russia as it is increasingly affected by government propaganda.