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|100 Days Before the Command|
Actors: Vladimir Zamansky, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Oleg Vasilkov, Roman Grekov, Valeri Troshin
Director: Hussein Erkenov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Military & War
Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring. 100 Days Before the Command is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of Communism. Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival ag... more »
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