Natalia Gorbanevskaya: “I Am Not A Hero”

Russia, 2017, 54 min.


Kirill Sakharnov,
Ksenia Sakharnova


Ksenia Sakharnova


Ksenia Sakharnova

Rights Holder



Kirill Sakharnov, Oleg Mamonov



On August 25, 1968 the poet Natalia Gorbanevskaya’s actions changed her life: carrying her three-month-old son, she, with seven like-minded people, protested against the Soviet-led intervention of Czechoslovakia at the Red Square in Moscow. The cost of this action was the imprisonment. Later, she emigrated from the Soviet Union. Gorbanevskaya – the legend of the dissident movement – was often called a “hero”. She objected: “I’m not a hero; I’m just an ordinary person”. The authors of the film have been interviewing their character for several years. As a result they have created a real portrait of Natalia Gorbanevskaya – a Poet, and a Citizen.

Kirill Sakharnov - 1

Kirill Sakharnov

Born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia. In 2000, graduated from the History Department of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, in 2007 – from the Directing Department of VGIK. In 2012, together with his wife and co-author Ksenia Sakharnova, founded the SugarDocs company specialized in production of independent documentaries.

Selected filmography

2016 Natalia Gorbanevskaya: “I Am Not A Hero”

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Ksenia Sakharnova

Born in 1981 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2006, graduated from the Film Studies Department of VGIK. Producer and co-author of films created together with her husband Kirill Sakharnov. Programmer of Esperanza IFF since 2015.

Selected filmography

2017 Natalia Gorbanevskaya: “I Am Not A Hero”