In 1994, Alexander Sokurov accompanied Russian troops assigned to a frontier military post at the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border to film their experiences. While unnamed tribal forces occasionally engaged the troops in skirmishes, Sokurov's haunting documentary chronicles the downtime between activity. He effectively captures what it is like to be there as a Russian soldier--the isolation, the mood of futility that afflicts the troops, and the harsh environment. "Alexander Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker of his generation working anywhere in the world today. Each of his films that I've seen has a visual power and moral depth that creates an unforgettable emotional experience." (Susan Sontag). In five parts. In Russian with English subtitles.