The film Daymohk tells the story of the Chechenian dancer and choreographer Ramzan Achmadov, whose dancegroup Daymohk found support of the president of the country, Kadyrov. With that, the threat of extinction of this age-old folk dance is temporarily over. But the price for that is high: In his attempt to save the tradition of his country, Ramzan sacrifices to those in power what he prefers.


Daymohk is a co-production with Cerutti Film.

    Director Masha Novikova

    Previous work and awards
    “Brieven aan jezelf” 
    Nominated for a Gouden Kalf best short documentary, NFF, 2014

    “Zoete rook van het vaderland”
    Nominated for a Gouden Kalf best feature length documentary, NFF, 2012

    “Anna, zeven jaar aan de frontlinie” (NOVDOC/ Amnesty int)

    Openingsfilm Amnesty Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2007.
    Amnesty Award, Planete+Doc, Warschau, Polen 2008
    Special Mention Prize, 44a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro, Italië, 2008
    Special Jury Prize, Festival of Liberties, Brussel, 2008
    Audience Award de Verzio 5 Doc Film Festival, Budapest, 2008
    Special Mention Prize, One World Brussel, 2010
    Beste Documentaire Moqavemat FF Teheran, Iran, 2010

    Drie Kameraden (VPRO/NOVDOC) 2006.
    Nominatie Sundance Festival, USA, 2007
    Segundo premio tiempo de historia, Valladolid Film Festival, Spanje, 2006.
    Special Mention Prize of the International Jury, Planete+Doc Warschau, Polen, 2007
    Premio Amnesty op Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro Film Festival, Italie, 2007
    Grand Prize Golden Trophy, Ismailia International Festival, Egypte, 2007
    Best Investigative Documentary, RTP 2, Lissabon, Portugal, 2007
    Special Mention Prize, MARFICI, Mar del Plata, Argentinië, 2007


    Director: Masha Novikova
    Camera: Vladas Naudzius
    Sound: Rik Meier
    Scenarist: Tamara Vuurmans
    Editor: Srdjan Fink
    Sound design: Jeroen Goeijers
    Camera clip: Reinout Steenhuizen
    Camera assistent: Kira Falticeanu
    Translation / subtitles: Aai Prins, Sasha Ourikh
    English subtitles: Harry Pallemans
    Production: Margreet Ploegmakers, Abigail Prade, Judith Vreriks
    Producer EO/IKONdocs: Margie Monfils

    EO/IKONdocs: Barbara Wiessing
    Commissioning editor EO/IKONdocs: Margje de Koning
    Coproducent: Willemijn Cerutti