New documentary on Beslan tragedy on show

MOSCOW, May 31 (RIA Novosti) - The documentary film Beslan Citizens was shown in North Ossetia. The tragedy at school No.1 - the hostage taking - is shown through the eyes of the former victims of the terrorist act. The cinema critics called the premiere of this film one of the most vivid events in the republic's cultural life of recent time, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily writes.

The Vladikavkaz independent film studio Nart-Art, where the documentary was produced, sets itself the task of reviving Ossetian cinema. As the studio's producer Temina Tuayeva said, the directors of the film studio now make mainly films about the peaceful life in the North Caucasus. For instance, the whole program The Caucasus Without War is devoted to this theme.

"Even while making films about Chechnya, the Ossetian documentary film-makers have managed to abandon the theme of terrorism," Tuayeva says.

For instance, the film The Holiday on a Roadside is about Chechen children. It won the palm in the Best Documentary of the Year nomination at the festival of Russian cinema held in France last year. The film was shown by French TV and produced a strong impression on the audience. The second film about Chechnya, made by Nart-Art, told about the theatre, which works in that republic.

Nart-Art made five films last year. It is planned to make already six films this year. They will deal both with historical and topical present-day themes.

As many as 330 people, among them 186 children, perished as a result of the hostage-taking at school No.1 of Beslan town in the republic of North Ossetia (the North Caucasus, Russia) on September 1-3, 2004.

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