Her ambitious new work on the long reach of state-sponsored violence – from domestic violence to the crackdown on free speech – is particularly timely. As Putin launches a war against Ukraine and brands dissidents as “traitors, to spit out like flies”, Vika faces increasing safety threats and must decide if a future in Russia is possible.

Tree of Violence is part of the film series Draw For Change! by co-scriptwriters Vincent Coen & Guillaume Vandenberghe.

This screening is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anna Moiseenko and Tanya Lokshina, associate director of the Europe and Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.

This film is in Russian with English subtitles. Content warning: contains mild swearing, images of police violence, and conversations about domestic abuse.

Tree of Violence is a work of art and a harrowing portrait of tyranny.
Tanya Lokshina, Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch

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