The War in Chechnya in Russian Cinematographic Representations

Biopolitical Patriotism in “Unsovereign” Times

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The paper explores the identitarian context of Russia’s cinematic narratives on the war in Chechnya. It draws on various strategies of war representation through films and uncovers their ideological and political underpinnings. The author explicates how the cinematographic imagery grounded in the Chechen war experience boosts the hegemonic discourse of the Kremlin, and then discusses whether fictional films deliver critical or counter-hegemonic arguments.

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