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2012. A Failed Revolution

original title: 2012. Vot takaya revovyucia

2018, 106 min., color and b/w, Russian

activism antiputinism chronicle clashes mass protests post-Soviet space private stories repressions Russian opposition

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY : Current Time / Politics, Social / Society / Human


Alexey Polikhovich, Isabelle Magkoeva, Ilya Budkaitskis, Elena Kostyuchenko


Director : Screenplay : Evgeny Mitta
Cinematographer : Vladimir Kanareikin
Producers : Evgeny Mitta


In late 2011 – early 2012 Moscow witnessed mass protest events involving tens of thousands of people.
The people’s discontent with the policy of authorities, with their irremovability from office, with manipulated elections and corruption, resulted in numerous rallies, actions and face-offs with police.
The first part of the film is a research-chronicle of the collective protest body, of its movements in the city milieu, of typical situations arising between its participants and with the representatives of authorities.
The return of politics to the streets of Russian cities marked the change in the existing contract between the authorities and the society. One of the most popular slogans of that time was: “You do not even imagine us.”
Five years later, several activists tell the story how the participation in these events changed their lives. The protagonists include a defendant in the Bolotnaya case, the most massive political case of the last years, a female LGBT activist and a socialist historian.