TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 3:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 12:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 8 Sun, May 5, 2019 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Netherlands
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Performers & Performance
Politics & Political Intrigue
War, Conflict & the Military
Russia & Eastern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Masha Novikova
Producer(s):Willemijn Cerutti
Executive Producer(s):Margreet Ploegmakers
Abigail Prade
Judith Vreriks
Editor(s):Srdjan Fink
Writer(s):Tamara Vuurmans
Cinematography:Vladas Naudzius
Composer:Jeroen Goeijers
Sound:Jeroen Goeijers


In the aftermath of the Second Chechen War, when separatists sought independence from Russia, famed dancer and choreographer Ramzan Ahmadov used traditional folk dance to preserve the republic's history. His family-run dance group, Daymohk, taught children to become ambassadors for peace by offering a sense of pride in Chechen culture at a time when the world viewed them as enemies. But when the republic returned to Russian rule, Daymohk won the attention of their newly installed pro-Russian leader. And though winning his favour has meant prominence and safety for the many Daymohk families still haunted by memories of war, they also remember the hands by which they suffered. This politically astute and expertly subtle portrayal uses an archive of home video to track the true cost of sacrifice. While the state rebuilds and revises its history, Daymohk aims to guard at least one narrative of freedom for generations to come. Nataleah Hunter-Young