The premiere of the documentary “Scorching Chaos” is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution. The film is based on true events, authentic documents, memoirs and conclusions of those who were part of those events. It tells the story of the causes of the February coup d’état and the October Revolution: the First World War, domestic and foreign conspiracies that led to the collapse of the monarchy and the entire world order. The film reflects its authors’ take on one of the biggest political events of the 20th century, on a period that prompts a broad range of different perceptions and assessments.
Sergey Debizhev, the documentary’s director, will visit Crimea to present the film personally to Crimea’s residents and guests. There are Q&A sessions planned in each city following the screening of the film that its creators call “a documentary blockbuster.” “A blockbuster is a spectacle that is dynamic, vivid and impressive, the kind people cannot take their eyes off. Our film has such quick changes of visuals, of viewers’ emotions and impressions, that it may rightly be called a blockbuster. We were making a dynamic flow of stark, vivid information and we intentionally avoided boring details, such as overwhelming numbers of specific names, dates, figures archival formulae. We used facts to create an artistic image”, Sergey Debizhev explains.
The documentary’s roadshow is sponsored by the Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea. The film will premiere in five cities on the peninsula: Krasnoperekopsk (30 October, Palace of Culture), Simferopol (31 October, Musical Theatre), Sevastopol (1 November, Centre for Culture and Arts), Yevpatoria (2 November, Pushkin Theatre), and Yalta (3 November, Chekhov Theatre). The screenings follow the sequence in which the Workers and Peasants’ Red Army took the Crimean cities in 1920. “Sergey Debizhev’s documentary is undoubtedly a vivid and interesting project that reflects a contemporary take on the causes of the Revolution and the collapse of the Russian Empire”, notes Sergey Lazutkin, Director of the YIEF Foundation. “This film is particularly relevant in the year of the Revolution’s centennial, as an invitation to a wide-ranging discussion on the role of the October Revolution and its impact on the history of the country.”
The director attaches great significance to his film’s Crimean premiere. Sergey Debizhev is certain that “the Crimea that has returned home is a place that succeeded in rolling negative historical experience back to zero, in starting a new history of creation and development. Crimea has a new energy, and this energy may play a special part in the history of our state. Russia itself should go back to Russia, to its own history, finally to start creating its own future based on historical experience, on centuries-old imperial traditions, and on national interests. Crimea can provide the entire country with an example of successfully emerging from historical labyrinths of lies.”
The YIEF Foundation, the operator of the Yalta International Economic Forum, focuses particularly on projects supporting culture. In April 2017, the Foundation co-sponsored a concert by eminent Italian maestro Fabio Pirola conducting St. Petersburg’s “Northern City” orchestra. In July, the YIEF Foundation sponsored the Crimean tour by the ballet troupe of Oleg Vinogradov, People’s Performer of Russia, one of the leading choreographers in Russia and the world. The famous choreographer presented his show “Viva Ballet!” in Sevastopol, Yalta and Simferopol.