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About Him or How He Did Not Fear the Bear
Not Rated
108 minutes | 
Armenian
Playing at Glendale
Just Opened
How does society react to a pointless attack, to violence without a motive? The community in the Armenian city of Gyumri faces this conundrum when a Russian soldier kills seven members of a family. The film uses footage of the protests following the slaughter but fictionalize the actual event. Their soldier is called Ivan, just like the fool from Russian folklore, who they have interwoven into their narrative in a children’s show. The film focuses on the aftermath of the drama, with the characters symbolizing the contradictory reactions to the events.