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Russia/Soviet Union

For God, Tsar, and Fatherland (Why Democracry? Series)

Filmed in 2007 explores what drives the current strain of Russian patriotism, and why many of the country's citizens strongly oppose Western-style democracy. Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, successful businessman and owner of Durakova, a unique community where all residents freely choose to blindly obey Mikhail's rules. Sergey Nikolayevich Baburin, is a Russian nationalist politician and Vice Speaker of the State Duma. Through these two connected strands, this film attempts to understand the new Russian culture and mindset. Directed by Nino Kirtadze. Dist.

Forward, Soviet!

Commissioned in 1926. by the Moscow Soviet as a documentary and information film for the citizens of Moscow prior to municipal elections, film is a tableau of Soviet life and achievements in the period of reconstruction following the Civil War of 1917-1921. 72 min.

Glasnost and the Soviet Cinema.

Russian film historian Naum Kleiman talks with UC Berkeley Prof. Albert Johnson on the effects of Glasnost on current film production in Russia.

Glasnost Film Festival.

The Glasnost Film Festival is 22 films in a 12 videotape collection representing the first Soviet documentaries released in the glasnost era. Soviet languages with English subtitles. Against the Current: A film about ecological crime. Despite being labeled extremists, the residents of Kirishi protest a major synthetic protein plant. (27 min.) 1988.--Wood Goblin: For 15 years he has lived alone in the woods in a house he built himself. He commanded a tank company during World War II, and later was a local Communist Party chief. But he was fired from his position after a smear campaign.


The Russian government has passed a law requiring gypsies to have an address so they are no longer allowed to wander across Russia. This documentary deals with the changes that are taking place as the gypsies become homeowners and with the younger generations of gypsies who are starting to be absorbed into the Russian culture, much to the dismay of the older generation. c2000. 50 min.


Filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy accompanies a small family circus through the steppes of Kazakhstan and other Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. The troupe presents their circus act to handfuls of villagers and other travelers, briefly transforming the barren landscape into an enchanted world. With the end of each performance, reality re-emerges as we follow the family through their everyday life. 1999. 52 min.

Hitler and Stalin: Twin Tyrants

This psychological dual biography exposes the chilling parallel and the glaring differences of these two powerful and bloodthirsty dictators. Features exceptional footage from film archives in Russia, Germany, East Europe, Great Britain and the USA including rare footage of Stalin's mother and of his funeral. 1999. 59 min.
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How I Worked Under Stalin, or, Songs of the Oligarch

Combines the testimony of eyewitnesses with rare archival photographs and film in an examination of the strong men who ran the Soviet state for Stalin. From Zhdanov, Andreyev, Krushchev, Malenkov and Suslov to Molotov, the documentary follows the bloody trail to Stalin's successor. Directed by Semen Aranovich. 1990. 67 min.

I Served in Stalin's Guard, an Experiment in Documentary Mythology (aka I was Stalin's Bodyguard)

This controversial documentary created a storm in Russia by taking off the cloak from a violent, repressive era in Soviet history. The filmmaker found the last surviving personal bodyguard of Josef Stalin, who began working for him in the 1930s. Weaves together unprecendented, first-hand testimony with rare footage, including Stalin's home movies. Directed by Semyon Aranovich. 1989. 73 min.