The link above is a story written by journalist and film maker Manon Loizeau who is in Chechnya this week revisiting Grozny to shoot (undercover) her documentary film of the changes the capital and its people have seen in last decade.
Manon Loizeau's film intended to be a journey down memory lane, but she soon discovered a land where having a memory was forbidden. Her previous recollections of Grozny had been replaced with tall neon high rises more Dubai or Las Vegas than Chechnya and the soul of the Chechnya people had disappeared. All the past erased by state policy.
"The people of Chechnya yearned for the times they had during the Russian occupation because, as they said, "at least we were together fighting against a common enemy. Now the enemy is everywhere, Now we are killing each other. The enemy is inside us."
Today our Parallèle 49 Team are in Stage 3 having visited Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia and now have entered Greater Russia. Crossing borders into "schizophrenic landsof terror and oblivion". The conditions contagious impregnating the cells of the children born and raised in these lands. Children defined as "The Lost Generation" .
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