“The Death of Father Men” is a neurocrime-story based on the principles of machine learning, where the reference information on the murder of Father Men is used as the initially given parameters, and the vast data on the rail ways and rail transport is taken as training material for the neural network.

“The Death of Father Men”  is in International Competition of Locarno Festival 2018.

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Eligible as Locarno’s short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2018.

“The Death of Father Men”  becomes a Golden Taiga First Prize at Spirit of Fire Filmfestival 2018.

Music by: Eugene Voronovsky

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Alexander Vladimirovich Men was a Russian Orthodox priest, theologian, Biblical scholar and writer. Men wrote dozens of books, founded an Orthodox Open University; opened one of the first Sunday Schools in Russia. His influence is still widely felt and his legacy continues to grow among Christians both in Russia and abroad. He was murdered early on Sunday morning, 9 September 1990, by an ax-wielding assailant just outside his home of Semkhoz, Russia.
On Sunday morning, 9 September 1990, he was murdered while walking along the wooded path from his home in the Russian village of Semkhoz to the local train platform. He was on his way to catch the train to Novaya Derevnya to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Men had served at the parish in Novaya Derevnya for 20 years. His assailant’s or assailants’ use of an axe indicated a possible revenge motive. The murder occurred around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union and despite orders from within the Soviet (and later the Russian) government that the case be further investigated, the murder remains unsolved.

The 1990s era in Russia began with the death of Father Alexander and finished with the end of his case’s investigation; the murderer was not found. However, in the course of 10 years of inquiry hundreds of crimes were solved in the area of the Semkhoz-Pushkino-Moscow railway line: robbery, rape, murder. Thus, the brutal murder of Men beneficially affected the lowering of the criminality levels on the entire railway space of this particular area of Russia.
“The Death of Father Men” is a neurocrime-story based on the principles of machine learning, where the reference information on the murder of Father Men is used as the initially given parameters, and the vast data on the rail ways and rail transport is taken as training material for the neural network.