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  • Masha on her way to Nashi Camp

    Masha on her way to Nashi Camp

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  • Masha with her sister Vigga

    Masha with her sister Vigga

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  • Masha with the Moscow skyline behind her

    Masha with the Moscow skyline behind her

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  • Nashi supporters in the street of Moscow

    Nashi supporters in the street of Moscow

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  • Masha with Putin

    Masha with Putin

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  • Masha with parents

    Masha with parents

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  • Nashi activist demonstrates against the opposition

    Nashi activist demonstrates against the opposition

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The Film

Nashi is an increasingly popular political youth organization in Russia with direct ties to the Kremlin. Officially, its goal is to support the current political system by creating a future elite among the brightest and most loyal Russian teenagers. But the organization also works to prevent the political opposition from spreading their views among young people. 16-year-old Masha Drokova, a Nashi commissar and spokesperson, is an ambitious middle-class student from the outskirts of Moscow. After joining Nashi at the age of 15, she moves to the very top of the organization, and is rewarded for her dedication with a university scholarship, an apartment, and even a pro-Putin talk show. Everything changes when Drokova becomes acquainted with a group of liberal journalists, including popular anti-Putin reporter Oleg Kashin. At first, she remains devoted to Nashi while pursuing tentative friendships with its left-wing critics — but when Kashin is brutally beaten by "unknown perpetrators," she has a genuine change of heart and decides to take a stand.

The Filmmakers

  1. Lise Birk PedersenDirector
  2. Helle FaberProducer