In the heart of Russia, the city of Magnitogorsk is home to the Kombinat, one of the largest iron and steel factory in the country. Here, Gabriel Tejedor films the day-to-day lives of Lena, Sasha, Guenia and their families, while this new generation of young parents wonder about their living and working conditions, which seem pre-determined by the Kombinat and its State capitalism.
Switzerland | 2020 | 75 mins
Directed by Gabriel Tejedor
Directors: Gabriel Tejedor
Writer: Gabriel Tejedor
Producer: Xavier Derigo
Country of Filming: Russian Federation
Language: Russian, with English subtitles
Length: 75 minutes
About the Director
Born in 1978 in Switzerland, Gabriel Tejedor works as a director and journalist. Mainly focused on social transitions and utopias in Russia and ex-soviet republics, he investigates the links between the inhabitants and their history as well as their relationship to authority. Gabriel directed La Trace in 2014, about the inhabitants of the Kolyma region, then Mayskaya str.(2017) about the dilemmas of a 18 year old belarusian citizen voting for the first time. The latter received a special mention at Visions du réel festival and was screened in IDFA and many other festivals.
His film Kombinat (2020) takes place in the industrial town of Magnitogorsk (Russia) and follows metal workers who dance salsa in the evening. The film is focused on the adaptation of the human being to a hostile environment (very polluted, no professional perspectives, corruption).