In 1994, Alexander
Sokurov accompanied Russian troops assigned to a frontier military post at
the Tajikistan / Afghanistan border to film their experiences. While
unnamed tribal forces occasionally engaged the troops in skirmishes,
Sokurov's haunting documentary chronicles the downtime between activity.
He effectively captures what it is like to be there as a Russian
soldier--the isolation, the mood of futility that afflicts the troops, and
the harsh environment. "Alexander Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious
and original serious filmmaker of his generation working anywhere in the
world today. Each of his films that I've seen has a visual power and moral
depth that creates an unforgettable emotional experience." (Susan Sontag).
In five parts. Russian with English subtitles.