Sanya and Sparrow

  • Russia
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Russia. Centre Moscow. Of 6 km from the Kremlin. Doing heavy physical work at a crush stone terminal without getting paid for months, the two friends despair, curse, drink, call home, and still hope - – the mystery of human survival skills. A glimpse into the life of two workers subcontracted to work at a crushed stone terminal. The rough Sanya (37) and his accidental teenage companion nicknamed Sparrow (19) are sharing the hardships of thousands of manual workers in present-day Russia. The first problems appear when their salary gets suspended which gradually but efficiently poisons their life. Sparrow can't return home without documents and money and Sanya would want to go but lacks money as well and is sorry to leave Sparrow alone at the plant. So they wait for work and money and while doing so they talk, argue, drink, cry and laugh together, supporting each other on the edge of despair. The ever-present problems and conflicts however cannot kill their hopes for a better future and for their eventual return home.

This film is followed by the author's further film MINER`S DAY.


  • Original Title
    Sanya i Vorobey
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Andrey Gryazev
  • Cinematography
    Andrey Gryazev
  • Editing
    Andrey Gryazev
  • Sound
    Andrey Gryazev
  • Runtime
    61 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Russia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • flEXiff 2009 7th edition The First and the Last Experimental International Film Festival – Sydney, Australia
    • EAST SILVER 2009 - Doc.Market - Jihlava, Czech
    • XII MKF Deboshirfilm 2009 - Russia, Sankt-Peterburg
    • 3-th Artdocfest 2009 - Russia, Moscow
    • 10-th Lavr 2009 - Russia, Moscow
    • IX MKF Flaertiana - Russia, Perm
    • 52nd The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - Leipzig, Germany
    • EU-OSHA Award for the best documentary on work-related topics at the International Leipzig Film Festival (The nomination)
    • ZagrebDox
    • 6 Play-Doc, Espania
    • Cinema du reel 32rd edition
    • 7th Worldfilm festival, Estonia
    • Docudays UA, Ukraine
    • 50 Krakow Film Festival
    • 12th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival - Turkey, Istanbul
  • Awards
    • flEXiff 2009 7th edition The First and the Last Experimental International Film Festival – Sydney, Australia - BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD
    • XII MKF Deboshirfilm - Russia, Sankt-Peterburg - BEST DOC. FEATURE FILM AWARD
    • 3-th Artdocfest 2009 - Russia, Moscow - Grand Prix
    • 10-th Lavr 2009 - Russia, Moscow - best debut
    • ZagrebDox - Special Mention Jury in nomination LITTLE STAMP for the best film of an author of up to 30 years of age
    • 6 Play-Doc, Espania - Prize for the best feature-length documentary
    • Docudays UA, Ukraine - Diplom from Human Rights Jury "For unlimited humanity"
    • 50 Krakow Film Festival - The Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Documentary Film in the 30-60 Minutes Category is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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