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The New Saint

The New Saint is a film about Yevgeny Rodionov, an ordinary young Russian boy who fell in the first Chechen war after being taken prisoner and refusing to convert to Islam. He was proclaimed a martyr and many Russians found in Yevgeny their own unofficial saint.


The life of Yevgeny’s mother underwent a radical change when her child ‘became’ a saint. By campaigning for his canonisation she keeps the memory of her son alive. The success of her mission is illustrated by the portrayal of Yevgeny’s image on icons throughout the country.


Who is this holy soldier exactly and what makes him the perfect icon of Russia today?




To listen to the interview held with Allard Detiger on 'De Avonden' VPRO, Click here.


To watch the interview with the director Allard Detiger by Paul Rosenmöller, click here.


'The New Saint' premiered at IDFA 2010, click here to read the interview published in IDFA daily news.





Cast and Crew


Allard Detiger
camera Maasja Ooms


David Spaans


Paleis van Boem

sound mix

Ranko Pauković
line producer Sabine Groenewegen


Denis Vaslin


Volya Films Netherlands

Serendipity Films Belgium

length 70'
genre documentary


International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2010

Planete Doc Film Festival 2011

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2011


International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011


One World Romania 2011


Full Frame Film Festival 2011


Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival 2011




premiere at IDFA 2010