Documenting Post-Soviet Life Through Film

Join us for our spring film series exploring documentaries on post-Soviet life! All screenings will be accompanied by English subtitles and complimentary refreshments from Rao's.

February 14th: My Perestroika (2011) This film follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. (Russian, 88 minutes)

February 28th: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (2012) A filmmaker returns to her home country of Georgia to make a documentary about the lives of young people there by organizing a casting call. The leitmotif of this film is the search for the ideal protagonist, with interviews with the candidates and scenes from their day-to-day lives. (Georgian, 97 minutes)

March 7th: The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010) Risking being denounced as an 'enemy of the people,' Igor Savitsky rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artists' works and creates in a far desert of Soviet Uzbekistan a museum now worth millions. (Russian, 80 minutes)

March 21st: Бродский не поэт (2016) / Brodsky is Not a Poet A look into the relatively unknown life of poet Josef Brodsky after his expulsion from the USSR in 1972. Features scenes, faculty, and students from MHC! (Russian, 100 minutes)

April 4th: Will There Be a Theatre Up There?! (2013) Kakhi Kavsadze, one of Georgia’s most popular actors, walks us through this chronicle of the Kavsadzes, a family of famous Georgian folk singers and actors. (Georgian, 55 minutes)

April 18th: Maidan (2014) Kiev-raised director Sergei Loznitsa uses almost exclusively fixed master shots filmed from December 2013 to February 2014, capturing in a gripping, minimalist way the protest’s trajectory from euphoric to besieged. (Ukrainian, 130 minutes)