For God, Tsar and Fatherland

Russian nationalism percolates in a castle outside Moscow, where Mikhail Morozov rules autonomously over young initiates.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
June 8, 2008
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
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    2008 Adolf Grimme Awards-Adolf Grimme Award
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    2008 Sundance Film Festival-World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary (Nino Kirtadze)
  • Producer

    Paul Rozenberg


    Nino Kirtadze

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    The Film

    Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian, and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo — the “Village of Fools” — 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to learn how to live and become "true" Russians. When they join the Village of Fools, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey Mikhail Morozov’s strict rules. “What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all,” says Morozov, quoting his idol President Vladimir Putin. The whole spectrum of power — political, spiritual, and administrative — is represented in the village and people gather for semi-private meetings with Morozov. They discuss the future of Russia, their ambitions, and their goals. For God, Tsar and the Fatherland shows what drives Russian patriotism today and why these citizens are against democracy.