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Town of Glory
Year: 2019
82 min

Most of the 10’000 inhabitants of Yelnya feel nostalgic about the former USSR and its army. They’re raising the town’s children to be military trained national patriots. Yelnya misses the days when things were different, when society was stable, even when that meant living under strict rules. Svetlana, an ex-military, lost her job when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, ruining all her plans and dreams. The army has increasingly become her ‘island of stability’ in the turbulent and changing environment of Russia since the collapse. In Svetlana’s opinion, life in Russia under Putin is getting better. Military service is the only social life available for her teenage daughter, Masha. Svetlana is proud of Masha being one of the most successful members of the local Youth Army, which is a branch of a growing national army for the young, a hybrid version of scouts and reserve officers training program with an emphasis on patriotism and national service. The film will take us close to everyday life stories of three generations of inhabitants living in Yelnya, a town similar to hundreds of small provincial towns in Russia.

DIRECTOR: Dmitry Bogolyubov 

SCRIPT: Anna Shishova-Bogolyubova, Dmitry Bogolyubov 

PRODUCTION:  Vít Klusák & Filip Remunda

CO-PRODUCTIONS: Vlad Ketkovich, Simone Baumann,


CREATIVE PRODUCERS: Sabine Bubeck-Paaz - ZDF/Arte, Věra Krincvajová – Czech Television


CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dmitry Bogolyubov 

EDITING: Phil Jandaly 

SOUND: Jan Cenek



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