Dir. Kristina Savutsina, Cinematographer: Georg Kussmann - 57min - 2021 - Belarus, Germany
The priest's ear recognises the sins of the parishioners. The heartbeat of the foetus is monitored. Workers leaving factory. Khan’s Flesh shows the everyday life of a small town in Belarus as choreographies within stage-like images. The inhabitants move and position their bodies depending on the situation and according to their social and professional status. A skeleton of norms, rules and role models, completed with the bodies of active citizens, becomes a vital structure whose components alternatingly discipline themselves through mutual control, praise and punishment. The interwoven social structures are getting traced, broken up and re-contextualized by a dance-like montage. The images strict tableau-style reveals a surreal theatricality of the institutionally shaped everyday life. At the same time Telo Khana (Khan’s Flesh) is a contemporary document of life in the Belarusian province.