In this film is the story of two neighboring yet philosophically opposing nations: Russia and Norway. Taken through a love-story of the main character Tanja and her newfound Norwegian husband, the film challenges cultural and social norms of both places through the format of a musical. Dealing with issues of individual in society, family and moral values, Chto Delat entices the audience to consider the nuances of these two contexts.
Chto Delat (“What is to be done?”) was founded in 2003 and consists of a group of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. Fusing political theory, art, and activism, this group works as a self-organizing platform for reflections and re-examinations of “knowledge production” of cultural workers. The name of the group comes from a novel by the Russian 19th century author Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and is inspired by the first socialist workers’ self-organizations in Russia Chto Delat is one of the most widely-exhibited group of Russian artists, participating at an average of 30 exhibitions worldwide per year. Chto Delat works across all media ranging from installation to film/video and audience-engaged performance.