VOTE OR LOSE! (working title)
Director(s): Madeleine LEROYER – Writer(s): Tim B. TOIDZE Contact Print page
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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 Ziuganov. Yet 6 months later, Yeltsin won with nearly 54% of the vote. How did that happen?
“Vote or Lose!” embarks the spectator in the race of the first democratic presidential election of post-Soviet Russia. We’ll see how Russian businessmen, Western leaders and the media joined forces to make sure Russia wouldn’t go “back to the USSR”.
The film combines rich archive material, animation and interviews of the most important protagonists of this historic event - which undoubtedly changed not only Russia, but also the world - and helps us better understand contemporary Russia and its complex relationship with the West.
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".