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Russia: ‘Ku’ or ‘Kyu’? That is the question!

16th February 2016

“Like Martin Luther King I also had a dream – unlike his clear utopian vision, mine was a collection of fragmented, incoherent, unrelated events that were so startling I wrote them down as soon as I woke up in the vain hope of finding some meaning later. This arbitrary dream was the most mind-bending incident I had experienced – I say ‘was’ as I have just watched Kin Dza Dza! Which is now the trophy holder. This 1986 Soviet film is hard to classify (minimalist/cyberpunk/sci-fi/dystopian/dark comedy?) and even harder to explain the plot (“yellow pants! Ku twice”) If you can get past the special effects and set design – a sort of Blake’s Seven meets Acorn Antiques – there lurks a gem of a social commentary, an alternative universe where authority and subservience are driven by the colour of your trousers. Once you have laughed at the tribalism, corruption, inequality, and environmental destruction you are left with a sense that this is not so much a post apocalyptic vision of the future as a fairly accurate description of Donald Trump’s manifesto – somebody get me a gravitsapa!”


The Journey So Far...


Kin-dza-dza! is a 1986 Soviet sci-fi dystopian black comedy cult film directed by Georgiy Daneliya. Like many of Daneliya’s works, Kin-dza-dza! represents a double entendre in terms of parody and features dark and grotesque aspects of humanity. It depicts a desert planet, depleted of…

15th February 2016