VOTE OR LOSE! The End of Homo Sovieticus
Director(s): Madeleine LEROYER – Writer(s): Tim B. TOIDZE Contact Print page
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In January 1996, Boris Yeltsin gets ready to run for a second mandate at the presidency of the young Russian Federation. Polls are in the single digits.
A painful economic transition, war in Chechnya, and the rise of criminal groups have left the majority of Russians dissatisfied with Yeltsin… and willing to vote for the communist leader Gennady Zyuganov. Yet six months later, Yeltsin won the election with nearly 54% of the vote. How did that happen?
The film invites the viewer to join the race of the first democratic presidential election of post-Soviet Russia. Russian businessmen, Western leaders and the media joined forces to make sure Russia wouldn’t go “back to the USSR”.
“Vote or Lose!” tells for the first time the story of an extraordinary magical trick that resulted in the Russian people voting AND losing…mainly their chance of gaining access to democracy.
The film combines rare archives, animation and interviews of the most important protagonists of this historic event - which undoubtedly changed not only Russia, but also the world.
French director Madeleine Leroyer has joined the team and will direct the film in collaboration with Russian author Tim Toidze. Check out Tim's previous films "Khrushchev Does America" and "Tokyo Trial: Judging Japan".