Caucasian Love

In 1864, as the Russian Empire strengthened its domain over the Caucasus, it massacred and resettled part of its Muslim peoples. Eliso is the daughter of a dean from a Chechen village and stands up to the invader with her beloved Vazhia (a Christian Georgian). Referring to the first modern age European genocide, the film is an anthem to liberty in the Caucasus and includes anthology sequences such as the cathartic dance of the retreating villagers that amazed Eisenstein.