During filming we were able to capture a choreographed sagne as well as a spontaneous sagne that arose as a result of an interpersonal conflict. A comparison of the two recordings show that the reactions of those watching the “staged” battle did not increase in intensity until three to five minutes after the first stick fight began (there was no traditional hymn singing before the fight and it only started some 30 minutes later). The combatants then gradually started picking out their opponents based on existing conflicts and contradictions. During both sagne there was a kind of social facilitation — the speed and power of strikes increased when other combatants were also fighting. As the sagne progressed, more and more warriors joined in the confrontation. Note that a similar process of joining in a fight is characteristic even of non-human primates (the Rhesus macaque)...

  • Sergey Kavtaradze
  • Sergey Kavtaradze
  • Oleg Mamikin
    Key Cast
  • Natalya Panfilova
    Key Cast
  • Aripula
    Key Cast
  • Lavanday
    Key Cast
  • Aleksander Simonenko
  • Grigoriy Apalyas
    Director of Photography
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    1 hour
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    157,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Sergey Kavtaradze

Sergey Kavtaradze was born in 1977 in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from history faculty of the Moscow State University.
In 2001 graduated from legal faculty of the International University in Moscow. In 2002 received PhD in history. In 2007 graduated from the higher courses of film directors and scriptwriters. Author of multiple scientific articles and monographs:
"War archetypes: violence, the unconscious and struggle for basic needs" (2015) - which is based on the analysis of the facts received during the expedition to the Surma population (Ethiopia-Sudanese border); Yanomami ethnic tribe (Venezuela); conflict zone in Somali (Mogadishu) and other conflict zones.
"Ethnopolitical Conflicts on Post-Soviet Area" (2005);

Organized and took part in film expedition:
November - December 2015 - 900 км along the water paths of Venezuela to reach Yanomami ethnic tribe.

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Director Statement

This is an insight into unconscious state of mind.
Through the story of Afghanistan war on Soviet side veteran who is working at the ship and experiences problems with aggression and through the ancient world that shows the true essence of war — from its birth to the the tragical consequences.