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  • 900 Days

    Directed by Jessica Gorter • Documentary • 2011 • 77 minutes

    Jessica Gorter's 900 DAYS contrasts the devastating and unforgettable stories recounted by survivors of the Siege of Leningrad, the infamous German blockade, which caused the deaths of more than 1 million people during World War II, wi...

  • Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

    Directed by Gulya Mirzoeva • Documentary • 2014 • 52 minutes

    The Soviet troops' intervention in Afghanistan was a pivotal event in the history of the 20th century. It launched Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

    Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in 1979. This was the war that changed the world. Western cou...

  • Art and Oligarchs

    Directed by Tania Rakhmanova • Documentary • 2010 • 52 minutes

    A popular trend among Russian oligarchs is to purchase works of art. Why? It's a way to get into the Kremlin's good graces, to gild their image...and to cover up the origin of their fortunes, often acquired in the shadow of post-Sovi...

  • Ballerina

    Directed by Bertrand Norman • Documentary • With Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova and Evgenia Obraztsova. • 2006 • 77 minutes

    In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre (also known as the K...

  • Double Life, a Short History of Sex in the USSR

    Directed by Ināra Kolmane • Documentary • 2017 • 52 minutes

    The October Revolution ushered in an era of sexual freedom and liberation from bourgeois conventions. Satisfying sexual needs had to be "as simple as drinking a glass of water," according to feminist Alexandra Kollontai who was at the f...

  • From The East

    Documentary • 2003 • 110 minutes

    FROM THE EAST retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. It is a voyage Chantal Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc "before it was too late," reconstru...

  • Girl Model

    Directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin • Documentary • With Ashley Arbaugh, Olivia Arben, Rachel Blais, Tigran Khachatrain, Nadya Vall • 2012 • 77 minutes

    Girl Model explores how young girls are discovered in obscure corners of the globe and initiated into the high stakes modeling industry. Thi...

  • The Gold Spinners

    Directed by Kiur Aarma, Hardi Volmer • Documentary • 2014 • 72 minutes

    The Gold Spinners is a story about the birth, glory, and disappearance of a peculiar, invisible, and mighty business empire – the film studio Eesti Reklaamfilm, the only company producing commercials in the Soviet Union.

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Directed by Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov • Documentary • With Werner Herzog • 2013 • 90 minutes

    Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people liv...

  • The Hermitage Dwellers

    Directed by Aliona van der Horst • Documentary • 2003 • 73 minutes

    THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS is as much about the people who work in Russia's renowned museum as it is about the glorious art works housed in this St. Petersburg institution. We meet with several 'Hermitage-niks'-including Olga Bogdano...

  • How Putin Came to Power

    Directed by Tania Rakhmanova • Documentary • 2005 • 52 minutes

    In August 1999, Vladimir V. Putin, head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the KGB, was appointed Prime Minister. On December 31st of that year, Boris Yeltsin announced that Putin would succeed him as President ...

  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

    Directed by Amei Wallach • Documentary • With Ilya Kabakov, Emilia Kabakov, Igoris Markovas, Andrei Monastrysky, Oleg Vassiliev • 2013 • 103 minutes

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here portrays two of Russia’s most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms wi...

  • The Last Bolshevik

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1998 • 116 minutes

    Based on the life and work of the Russian film director Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989), THE LAST BOLSHEVIK is a tribute from one filmmaker to another. An archeological expedition into film history that reveals new cinematic treasures, ...

  • Liberation: The User's Guide

    Documentary • 2016 • 80 minutes

    In Sibera, Russia, 18-year-old girls Julia, Ina, Olga and Katia are transferred directly from orphanages to neuropsychiatric institutions and are deprived of their rights as citizens: no freedom, no work, and no family. On the basis of a recent law, the director o...

  • Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet

    Directed by Denis Sneguirev • Documentary • 2019 • 52 minutes

    Marius Petipa was an unlikely artistic revolutionary. A middling dancer, he bounced around European cultural centres until he finally washed up in St. Petersburg in 1847 at age 29 – hired, sight unseen, by the Imperial Ballet as a pri...

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • With Andrei Tarkovsky • 2000 • 55 minutes

    ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH is renowned French filmmaker Chris Marker's homage to his friend and colleague, Andrei Tarkovsky, who died in 1986. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the...

  • Pripyat

    Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter • Documentary • 1999 • 100 minutes

    After the nuclear catastrophe in 1986, a 30 km restricted zone was erected around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and 116,000 persons were evacuated from this area. Pripyat is a portrait of the people who still live and work t...

  • The Red Soul

    Directed by Jessica Gorter • Documentary • 2017 • 90 minutes

    The Red Soul lays bare the Russian psyche of today and shows a world full of contradictions. In a country where hardly any family escaped the hunger, fear and violence resulting from Stalin’s reign of terror, no one has ever been convi...

  • Revolution: New Art for a New World

    Directed by Margy Kinmonth • Documentary • 2016 • 85 minutes

    Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, Revolution: New Art for a New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the co...

  • The Road Movie

    Directed by Dmitrii Kalashnikov • Documentary • 2018 • 70 minutes

    A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s THE ROAD MOVIE is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard ca...

  • The Scientist, the Imposter and Stalin

    Directed by Gulya Mirzoeva • Documentary • 2017 • 55 minutes

    This film - based on hitherto unreleased archives - is an account of two extraordinary human destinies, caught up in an implacable political machinery. It is also the story of an incredible scientific controversy which takes on its ful...

  • Siberian Love

    Directed by Olga Delane • Documentary • 2017 • 82 minutes

    In rural Siberia, romantic expectations are traditional and practical. The man is the head of the household. The woman takes care of the housekeeping and the children. But filmmaker Olga Delane doesn’t agree. While she was born in this sm...

  • Sleeping Souls

    Directed by Alexander Abaturov • Documentary • 2013 • 50 minutes

    Atchinsk is a Siberian town 2500 miles away from Moscow where Soviet dissidents and, before them, the Tsar's opponents were deported. It's pre-election season, and the small, sleepy town is abuzz with the voices of regime supporter...