Chechnya: War without Trace

In the space of just a few years, Chechnya has undergone a remarkable transformation. Gone are the minefields and piles of rubble, replaced with broad avenues, luxury boutiques and glass-fronted skyscrapers. It’s virtually impossible to see there was ever a war.

Award-winning journalist, Manon Loizeau, spent the past 20 years covering the Chechen conflict. She returns to the places she knew so well, filming undercover in Chechnya, to reveal how Putin has ‘pacified’ this once proud land.

Behind the gleaming facade of the new Grozny, Loizeau discovered women and men more terrified than in all the years of war and occupation. A fifth of the population vanished during the war but anyone who tries to remember is eliminated. Chechnya has become a true police state which removes, tortures and kills those who do not submit to the Kremlin’s new order. A journey into the realm of oblivion and terror.


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 52 & 86 mins
  • Production: MAGNETO PRESSE
  • Director: MANON LOIZEAU
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Awards: Grand Prize of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) at FIFDH Geneva 2015; FIGRA 2015 Grand Prize (Official Selection - International Competition of Documentaries lasting more than 40 min); Best Film at One World Brussels 2015 Festivals: FIFDH Geneva (Switzerland); One World (Czech Rep.); FIPA (France); FIGRA (France); One World Brussels (Belgium); TRT Documentary Days (Turkey); Festival des Libertés (Belgium); MOVEIt! Film Festival (Germany); One World Bratislava (Slovakia); Watch Docs (Poland); Festival International du Film de Fribourg (Switzerland); Movies That Matter (Netherlands); Human Rights Travelling Film festival in Transnistria (Rep.of Moldova); Atlantida Film Festival (Spain); The Voice of Karamoja Festival (Uganda); Human Rights International Film Festival (Nepal).

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