Hush City

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A photo film about Minsk, my native city, was introduced this week. Enjoy

Minsk City


«Hush City» is a sketch film in 4 parts: a story which happened once in Minsk.
We hope the idea of the project is clear enough, nevertheless we’ve created this concept page to explain a few important things. Everything else is left to be understood by the viewer.

The story takes place in present-day (2007—2008 at the moment of writing) Minsk.

Minsk is a strange, tiny Eastern-European metropolis. These days Minsk is the home to 1.7 million people. To compare, it has a much larger population than such European cities as Amsterdam, Stockholm and Vienna. Minsk located about 215 km from Vilnius, 550 km from Warsaw, 580 km from Kiev and 700 km from Moscow. In spite of this, Minsk is usually an undistinguished and easily avoidable spot on European maps.

After the disintegration of the U.S.S.R. in the early 90’s, Minsk became the capital of an independent republic. Nearby capitals such as Moscow, Kiev or Vilnius have grown significantly since then and have become well-known and remarkable in their own ways.

During the same time, surprisingly few changes have happened in Minsk. What visitors admit (as we also do) is that the city seems to be «hushed» in time. However, it doesn’t look like a cozy museum as many other European capitals do; the city more closely resembles a quite cheerless conservation of time.

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