SARS OPERA

Year of production: 2004
Duration: 5’40”, color
Film director: Ștefan Rusu
Image editor: Denis Bartenev
Cameraman: Ștefan Rusu

Synopsis:

In his short video the artist explores the history and the present of Republic of Moldova, his home country, and the deep-going cultural connections between it and Mongolia.

The video presents a concert by a military band in Mongolia commemorating the Victory Day on the 9th of May by the Soviet Red Army over the Nazi Germany. The band performs the repertory of the patriotic campaign launched by the USSR after the Victory in World War II, which was adopted and assimilated in full by Mongolians. This event and its historical significance are combined with the Mongolian government’s propaganda regarding the protection of the population against SARS. The events took place in a public square in Ulan-Bator during the SARS quarantine. The large public, wearing breathing masks, was calmly administering to itself the atypical treatment of Russian propaganda songs not forgetting of course the famous “Katyusha” nor the well-known and much loved “Smuglyanka-Moldavanka”.

Technical support-[KSAK] Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau

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