Life As It Is

Marina Razbezhkina, Russia, 2002, 20 min

Life on a Russian farm continues unchanged. An older woman goes about her daily work. One by one, in black and white, the routine scenes from her life pass by. Wearing her inevitable headscarf, she walks through a bare forest, manages the finances, or scolds a colleague. The people she talks to remain invisible, as the camera solely concentrates on the woman against the bleak environment of her surroundings. Poetic and beautiful, Life As It Is celebrates Russian women and their complex lives.