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Russia/Soviet Union

Living Under the Cloud: Chernobyl.

Dr. Vladimir Chernousenko, scientific directory of the cleanup of Chernobyl, discusses the devastating impact of the accident in terms of the environment and humanity. Eight years later the death toll is still rising and the land and its life forms are still suffering. 69 min.

Living with Glasnost and Perestroika: Understanding the USSR Today.

Examines the historical development of glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring) and their effect on U.S.-Soviet relations. Interviews with emigres and Russian exchange students provide glimpses into Soviet life before and after glasnost. 1989. 58 min.

Marshal Blucher

A Portrait Against the Background of an Epoch. The film tries to unlock the riddle of the dramatic 1930s in the Soviet Union through the biography of one hero. Marshal Vasily Blucher was one of the best Red Army commanders. Yet, in 1938 he was declared an 'enemy of the people' and perished in Stalin's torture chambers. Rare archival footage illustrates the excesses of the Stalin era.
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Messengers from Moscow.

In this four part history of the Cold War told from the Soviet point of view, Soviet political leaders, military personnel and spies who ran their country speak candidly about what the Soviet Union really wanted during the 40-year-long Cold War. c1995. 53-55 min. each installment. Program 1, The Struggle for Europe. Recounts the story of Stalin's attempt to take control of Germany and Western Europe in the aftermath of World War II.


Directed by V.I. Pudovkin. A heroic young revolutionary gives his life fighting against the misery and poverty of Tsarist Russia in the futile prewar revolution of 1905, and in so doing, brings about the political awareness of his own mother. 88 min.

My Perestroika: A Nation's History is Personal

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 disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Directed and filmed by Robin Hessman. c2010. 87 min.
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My Russian Friends.

Steven Schecter returns to Russia and films his Russian friends as they comment on their lives in Russia. 58 min.

Orange Revolution

The Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in the Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election which was compromised by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud.

Orange Winter

In November 2004 the people of Kiev, Ukraine, took to the streets in thousands, protesting the official results of the Election Committee, after a rigged presidential election. The traditionally silent country erupted: protesting against the corrupted regime of the current president, his appointed "heir" and pressure from neighboring Russia. That was the beginning of the Orange Revolution. This documentary chronicles these crucial days in the history of the country and reflects on the fate of the nation. Directed and edited by Andrei Zagdansky. 72 min. 2006.

People of Influence: Politics and the People. (The Russians Series).

Shows how the lives of working Russians are governed by the director, the trade union chairman, and the party secretary in any enterprise. Visits a coal mine in the Ukraine, a refrigerator factory in Minsk, and a washing enterprise in Siberia to point out the intertwining of work and private lives. 1979. 30 min.