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Russia/Soviet Union

The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin.

A look at Stalin's purge on Russia and the musical response Dmitri Shostakovich made through his symphonies Four to Nine, which he called "tombstones." Filmed on location in St. Petersburg and Moscow. c1997. 82 min.

The Week that Shook the World.

Chronicle of ABC News coverage of the coup in the Soviet Union in August, 1991. It starts with the first special report on August 19th, and runs through the reports of August 25th. Included is Diane Sawyer's interview with Boris Yeltsin while he was under siege at the Russian Parliament Building. 65 min.

This is How We Live

A Look at the Alienation of Many Soviet Young People. 30 min. 1987.--Homecoming: Veterans of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan returned home with unresolved feelings about a demoralizing and unpopular war. The first film to document the human impact of the Afghan war. 17 min.
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Portrays the awakening of contemporary civil identity. City squares, auditoriums, theater stages, and museums are the settings for this "court of conscience" on the past and future of the Soviet Union. (55 min.) 1988.--Adonis XIV: Its horn ornamented with little bells, a "Judas" goat serenely leads a herd of animals to the slaughterhouse. 9 min. 1986.
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V.I. Lenin: History Will Not Forgive Us

Profiles the life of Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary, Bolshevik communist politician, principal leader of the October Revolution and the first head of the Soviet Union. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min.

Women of Russia.

A 1961 photographic tour of the Soviet Union by Harvey and Alice Richards, focusing on the work, housing, education, childcare and medical facilities available to women in a socialist society. This film, the first of a 2 part presentation, covers the women of Moscow. 1962. 36 min.

[Khaldei, Evgenii] Evgueni Khaldei: Photographer Under Stalin

From Red Square to the Budapest Ghetto, the fall of the Reichstag to Yalta and the Nuremberg trials, Evgueni Khaldei chronicled many of the world's most important events with an artist's eye and a journalist's timing. Even after being hand-picked by Stalin, Khaldei was continuously made a victim of state-approved anti-Semitism. For the first time ever, Khaldei, the greatest Soviet photographer, takes us into his home for a tour and opens up his entire library covering the 60 years he spent as a photographer for his people and the Soviet regime.. 2001. 60 min.

[Trotsky, Leon] Asaltar los cielos

Depicts one of the most controversial historical events of the 20th century: The assassination of Leon Trotsky, a communist who was instrumental in founding the Red Army and the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. His assassin, Ramon Mercader, one of Lenin's most loyal followers remained a mystery his entire life. Directed by Javier Rioyo, Jose-Luis Lopez Linares. 1996. 96 min.

[Trotsky, Leon] Trotsky y Mexico: dos revoluciones del siglo XX

The documentary looks at the life of Trotsky and the Russian Revolution in relation to the Mexican Revolution. The first part of the film focuses on Trotsky's role in the Russian Revolution, and his actions that led to his exile. The second part shows the political and social situation in Mexico and its integration into the international scene when Trotsky arrived in 1937. Finally, the film looks at Trotsky's time in Mexico until his death. Directed by Adolfo Garc�a Videla. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 28 min.