The hanging

15 minutes

Defying death and the law, Kirill chases freedom atop Moscow’s tallest buildings

The young Russian stunt performer Kirill Vselensky has amassed a large internet following thanks to his death-defying exploits, which include snapping astounding, vertigo-inducing selfies from atop some of the world’s tallest, most iconic buildings. The Hanging follows Vselensky just as he was rising to internet fame, chasing the feeling of freedom that accompanies his dangerous ‘roofing’ adventures in Moscow, all while dodging the law and Russian military conscription. This short documentary gives depth to Vselensky’s adventures, reaching beyond his viral photos to explore something much more personal – and universal – in his struggle to find meaning and motivation after high school. The US-based director Geoffrey Feinberg’s short documentary was featured at several leading documentary film festivals in 2016 and 2017, including International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), AFI Docs and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Director: Geoffrey Feinberg

Producers: Jelena Goldbach

Website: Weathered Features

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