United States / Qatar 2017, 70 min, Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani, Hebrew & English subtitles
The laborers constructing the Trans-Asian Railway live to the rhythm of wheels on rails: 100 meters to the next cup of tea, 2 kilometers until we sleep, 78 kilometers “until the minister shakes our hands and sends us home”. On-board the train, along the tracks, and in a 20-years-abandoned station still waiting for the rumble of distant engines, the laborers work, dream, eat, dance, sing and tell stories.
This gentle, gorgeous film follows them through the scenery of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey. On different legs of the journey, these men—who spend months away from home—each have their own fears and dreams, though sometimes they feel they have become “one man with a hundred hands and 497 fingers”, a man “just glad of the chance to see something new”.
Previous Festivals:Visions Du Reel, DOCUFEST, Camden
Production: Martin Dicicco, Kakha Macharashvili
Production Company: Production Aesthetics
Editing: Iva Radivojevic
As a cinematographer, Martin often shoots documentaries and commercials. Having previously worked as a janitor at art studios, he began collaborating on videos and 16mm installations for artists Emily Mast and Karl Haendel. His feature debut won the Regard Neuf award at Visions du Reel.