Rebel Unit

How to Save a Dead Friend

16 year old Marusya plans to join her generations' suicide statistics by the end of the year, but when she meets one year older Kimi at the grunge forum, life suddenly seems bearable.

This euphoric and heartbreaking documentary about youth, self destruction and unbreakable love spans 12 years of the director's life in a gradually more authoritarian Russia. 
There is an astounding quality in the images, the work on sound, and the irony used to address issues such as suicide and drug addiction.
Jury statement
Rebel Unit did color grading, conform, delivery, in addition to upscaling old tapes to HD and 4K resolution, using cutting edge AI technology. We also did an animated graphic sequence and some graphic additions to the title sequence.

The documentary has won close to 20 awards and has so far been screened at 40 festivals to great acclaim.

Director: Marusya Syroechkovskaya
Producers: Ksenia Gapchenko, Mario Adamson
Co-Producers: Anita Norfolk, Alexandre Cornu