“Tsen-nana”, 13.28 min. (first edit)
work in progress documentary of 20 minutes

An exploration of the invisible cloud of narrations present in the home of the Adajew family, who fled, over ten years ago, from Chechnya to Warsaw, Poland. How are the war, the longing for the father and the homeland still present in this warm home?


Background information:
My encounter with the Adajew family started with an invitation.
I have known the family for almost one year and a half now and during a previous short visit they invited me to come over and stay with them for a longer period. I had fallen in love with the Adajew family and during the beginning of my research I often thought about this invitation. Finally I asked them if I could come and stay over. I wanted to be a fly on the wall, to observe the family life, their close relationships and learn about the influence of their history on their current life.

Staying with the family I learned that intimacy has everything to do with my position and the closeness or distance I can take to the people I encounter. My position changed from being an observer, a fly on the wall, to a participant in the household, who is present at every moment of the day. Because I am a woman, becoming part of the Adajew family, means becoming part of the feminine line in this family and spending most of my time lying on the couch with the daughters Elbika, Kesira, Kima, singing and dancing together, cooking with mother Luiza. They allow me to be physically close. I take the camera with me in this physical and emotional closeness.

Living with the family, I experienced that through the existence of narratives and through the act of narrating over and over again, it is possible to retain an intimate relationship to that which is no longer with us. A narrative relationship which is as intimate as a physical one.

Director, cinematographer, editor: Eliane Esther Bots
With: the Adajew family