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Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine.

Mansky graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and began his career as a cinematographer. These films were presented at more than 500 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and the Toronto International Film Festival. In the 1990s, he segued to working as a director for Russian television, where he specialized in documentary films. Mansky went on to direct independent documentaries, including the critically-acclaimed UNDER THE SUN, PIPELINE and PUTIN'S WITNESSES.

Vitaly Manskiy is the Prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Awards, of the medal of the Russian Rosaviakosmos "Golubaya Planeta" (Blue Planet); he is Academician of the Cinema Academy "NIKA", the member of the Russian Cinema Academy "TEFI", Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Cinema and Radio. Deputy Chief of Russian Film Union, General producer of National Film Award "Lavrovaya Vetv" (Laurel Branch), President of documentary film festival "Artdocfest". President of the Moscow Documentary Films Festival "ARTDOKFEST".

Since 2014 he has been living with his family in exile in Latvia.

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  • Putin's Witnesses

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • 2018 • 102 minutes

    On December 31, 1999, Russian president Boris Yeltsin went on live television just before midnight. He announced he was stepping down, and his chosen successor, Vladimir Putin, would take over as acting president. Putin promised a pres...

  • Sunrise/Sunset

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • With the Dalai Lama • 2009 • 72 minutes

    The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise/Sunset. Granted total access to His Holiness for 24 hours, this is a day in the life of the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at ...

  • Under the Sun

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • 2015 • 110 minutes

    After years of negotiation the Russian director Vitaly Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family, in the year she prepares to join the Children's Union, on the 'Day of the Shining St...