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Domino Effect


In Abkhazia, a post-Soviet “frozen conflict” zone, patriotism runs deep. While Sports Minister Rafael is busy organizing an international domino event to put his motherland on the world’s map, his beloved Russian wife is just an unwelcome foreigner. A black sea black comedy with socio-political commentary.


  • This film challenges how to live together, focused on a Russian artist and the Abhkazian Minister for Sport. Their relationship mirrors local social and political tensions. Involved in reconstructing Abhkazia and their love, Natasha and Rafael open trails for an intercultural dialog.
    Jury @ Visions du Réel
  • Rarely were a personal relationship drama and a political-military conflict conveyed in such an intelligent, captivating and cinematically coherent manner.
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung
  • ...For a compelling tale about how difficult history may be. Both the history of Abkhazia and the story of love.
    Jury of the International Documentary Competition Jury - 54th Krakow Film Festival

Festival Participation

  • DOK Leipzig
    Best German Doc
  • Hot Docs
  • MoMa's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival Taipei
  • Visions du Reel, Nyon
    Awards: Interreligious Prize for a feature film
  • Krakow Film Festival
    Best International Documentary
  • Krakow Film Festival
    Best Cinematography
  • Krakow Film Festival
    Best National Film
  • Budapest International Documentary Festival
    Winner "Let me follow the call" Section

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