See You In Chechnya

Alexander Kvatashidze, 69 min, Georgia, Germany, Estonia, France.

If you go to war, it will come home with you.


When I was 22, I went to war. I went because I was in love. In Georgia in 1999, I met a photographer called Francoise who told me she was going to photograph the notoriously brutal conflict in neighbouring Chechnya. I decided I had to go with her, to protect her. I knew I could be kidnapped or killed, but desire outweighed fear. There I met war reporters for the first time : an exceptional tribe of idealists, battlefield veterans and adventurers who risk their lives and health to report the truth. Ten years later, I made contact again, to find out how the experience affected their lives.