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Bringing Joshua Home - American Adoptions of Russian Children
In late December, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning all American adoptions of Russian children. Americans have adopted hundreds of children from Russia each year, providing hope and love to those languishing in Russia's overstressed orphanage system. Protests against this new law have erupted in both the…
Conversations with Gorbachev
Rosemarie Reed's 1994 documentary Conversations with Gorbachev sheds light on world events from the first-hand perspective of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, as interviewed by Professor of Russian and Soviet Studies at NYU and Princeton, Stephen F. Cohen. It includes Gorbachev's insights on reintegration in the post-Soviet space and his…
Pussy Riot: the Movement
Natasha Fissiak, a Russian American director/filmmaker, on a visit to Moscow in July 2012, heard about members of a punk rock, feminist group called Pussy Riot who were on trial, then convicted of hoolganism and received a harsh two-year prison sentence. She also saw people were afraid. They did not…
East/West Sex and Politics
How does one build a movement for minority rights - especially gay rights - in a country without a democratic tradition? Moscow activist Nikolai Alekseev's crusade is made all the more difficult by the forces arrayed against him, from narrow-focus neo-nationalists to Mayor Luzhkov and Prime Minister Putin; from vehement,…
Orthodoxy, From Empire to Empire
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Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the rise of the Greek Orthodox Church in Constantinople and the rise of the , Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
Were the Earth Not Round - Wäre die Erde Nicht Rund
This poetic, semi-autobiographical drama by Iris Gusner, one of East Germany's few female directors, explores the strength and limits of will and desire. Gusner studied with Mikhail Romm at VGIK, the Russian Institute for Cinematography. Christiane arrives at a Moscow hospital to see her little daughter. While she waits for…
The Collector Costakis
One public housing flat in Moscow stood out above all others: the home of George Costakis, the foremost collector of early 20th century Russian avant-garde art. Its walls were crowded with banned and forgotten works by artists such as Malevich, Tatlin, Kandinsky, Chagall, Lissitzky, Rodchenko, and Kliun; public figures such…
Turn of the Century
Moscow of 1993. Tanks in the streets. The troops are storming Parliament. Blood is flowing, innocent people die. These events are the starting point for understanding what is going on between two women in the film - Olga and her mother, Marina Nikolayevna; and in a broader sense, between two…
A Slave Of Love
Hailed by the New York Times as "An unexpected masterpiece," A Slave of Love is a witty and haunting film about moviemaking from the acclaimed Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun). Within the sun-drenched beauty of the Crimean summer, a Russian movie crew grapples with film shortages, Tsarist…
Aelita, Queen of Mars
Aelita, The Queen Of Mars is a Socialist science fiction spectacle and in 1924 was the first big-budget movie from Soviet Russia. A year and a half in the making, it was intended as ideologically correct mass entertainment which could compete both in Russia and abroad with the Hollywood films…
Life of Lenin
A Russian biography of the Communist leader in Russia's turbulent history.
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An apocalyptic journey through the dark heart of the new Russia. Three strangers meet in a Moscow bar one late night and spin fantastic stories, all of them lies. They depart and journey their separate ways through a landscape filled with de ocaying meat, wild dogs, ravenous crones, cloned piglets,…