Absurd in Dagestan
Certainly not a new face at Vladimir Film Festival, Kirill Korobkov, prominent Russian scene and Absurd Skateboards activist, is welcome among us this year, once again; and — in addition to what has now established itself as a tradition of a secret photo exhibition — he brought a new five-minute video edit with him. We’re talking the Absurd crew’s latest trip to Dagestan, at the very south border of the country, a region about which Kirill recounts: Dagestan is a land of mountains. Dagestan is a land of warriors. Dagestan is a land of very special people who live by the Caspian Sea. It’s beautiful. It’s controversial. It’s very traditional. Sometimes it’s hard to understand it and you got to take it the way it is. It’s very different from any other part of the country known as Russian Federation. Many people are scared to go there. Others fall in love with it at first sight. It’s the birthplace to one of the most ultimate MMA fighter invincible Khabib Nurmagomedov. It’s the only place I know where local skaters go wrestling before skating because later they might have to fight for their right to skate. It’s a place where local minister might give you a permission to skate the main entrance to his ministry and at the same time you might get in trouble because locals don’t like the bright colors of your head-wear.
Going to a place that no one has skated before you always feels unique. Being the first team to go Dagestan for skateboarding felt extra-special. This was the last big Absurd trip before the list of things associated with Russia dramatically changed in February 2022. This video is our one last blast from the good old past.