MARINA KLESHEVA'S THIRD LIFE

Screenwriter and director - Elena Demidova

Marina Klesheva could have had a very different fate with her great talent as an actress. As a teenager, however, she accidentally committed a minor offense and was sent to prison. She was soon released but was then put back in jail again. While there, a group of actors visited to support the inmates. Soon after their visit Marina took part in an amateur theatre performance and won the competition prize "Kalina Krasnaya". Soon Marina was out on parole and theatre unexpectedly returned to her life. Marina suggested we make a documentary play based on her life story, in which she would play the role of herself. This private story really brings forward the problems of combating crime and helping former prisoners to adapt to ordinary life. Could participation in a prison amateur theatre help inmates to find themselves in their new lives? What challenges will they face when they are released? Will they be strong enough to cut all the ties with their old “friends”? Can theatre change a person’s life? How can a person’s unpleasant past become an advantage which can then be used to create art?

Russia, documentary, 52 min.

Producer - Liza Antonova

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