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Russia/Soviet Union

Scenes at a Fountain

A powerful, 600-foot-high column of fire--the world's largest natural gas fire--burned for over a year on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The film dramatically documents the courageous firemen who risked their lives to cap the howling blaze. 28 min. 1986.--Limit: The horrible effects of drinking on human beings. Families are divided, homes are neglected, children are hungry. 14 min. 1986.
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Cronkite interview of Solzhenitsyn in Paris shortly after he left the Soviet Union. 54 min.

Soviet Disunion: Ten Years Which Shook the World

This comprehensive ten-year history of contemporary Russia from 1984 to 1995 presents a dismal picture of a nation in disarray. Major topics include the election of Mikhail Gorbachev, dissolution of the gulag system, Boris Yeltsin's opposition to Gorbachev's initiatives, environmental legacies including the disaster at Chernobyl, the break-away of the Baltic states, Gorbachev's arrest and the rise of Yeltsin, creation of the stock exchange, an explosion of crime and the decay of the military.

Sowjetische Filmpropaganda zur Westexpansion der UdSSR 1939-1940 : ausgewahlte Berichte der Staatswochenschau "Sojuzkinoschurnal"

Presents Soviet documentary propaganda films produced to justify Soviet incorporation of East Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the early years of World War II. Contents: Tiel I. Zur Eingliederung Ost-polens (28 min.) -- Teil II. Zum sowjetisch-finnischen Winterkrieg und der Eingliederung Kareliens (11 min.) -- Teil III. Zur Eingliederung Estlands, Lettlands und Litauens (32 min.). 1996. 3 videocassettes (71 min.)

Spirit of a People: A New Portrait of Russia

Chronicles recent changes in Russia through the daily lives of two Soviet families -- a Russian/Jewish family of six and a young Russian Orthodox filmmaker and his artist wife and child. Also includes interviews with scholars discussing everyday life and social conditions in Russia, both before and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, from 1990 to the present day. c1994. 57 min.

Stalin by Those Who Knew Him

Directed by Semyon Aranovich. The Anna Akhmatova File (Lichnoe delo Anny Akhmatovoy) Examines a contradictory age in which a sensitive, lyrical and much loved poet, Anna Akhmatova, stands up to the brutal repression of Josef Stalin. Although her works were banned and weren't published for 17 years, her poem 'Requiem' became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin. 2007. 65 min.


Part 1 covers Stalin's early years and rise to power ; part 2 the 30's and World War II ; part 3 the end of the war, the postwar years, and the tyrannical legacy he left to the Soviet people. 180 min.


Directed by V.I. Pudovkin. A 1912 strike of factory workers is brutally put down by the authorities. Videocassette release of the 1924 motion picture 80 min.


First segment: Report from the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan, where the civil war has led to many deaths, summary executions, disappearances and ethnic strife. Second segment: Profiles Fr. Richardo Rezende and his work defending poor, landless peasants in the Brazilian Amazon. Third segment: Chronicles the global effort to define peacemaking and to examine the interplay of conflict resolution and human rights through an interview with professional mediator Adam Curle. Fourth segment takes a look at forced labor in Burma.

Ten Days That Shook the World.

Narrated by Orson Welles. Through the use of archival and newsreel footage supplemented by excerpts from Soviet feature films, shows how conditions in Russia during the reign of Nicholas II led to the Russian Revolution. Describes the Kerensky regime and tells how the Bolsheviks were able to gain control in October, 1917. 77 min.