Birth of a Nation
At a cadet school in Moscow (the only one in the world), girls from 11 to 17 years are trained to grow as an ideal citizen of the homeland. Here the girls learn how to sew, march, cook, sing, shoot, how to use make up and how to prepare for military action. Even more than being trained as a good patriot, the aim is to become an ideal woman. Through six separate images the maker decomposes the various ‘characters’ from which this ideal woman made up. Cahen's film is a sequel in her research in the increasing patriotism among Russian youth.
director, camera, editing: Daya Cahen