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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Armenia: Genocide Denied.

In 1915, the Ottoman Empire tried to exterminate its Christian Armenian citizens, killing perhaps as many as 1.5 million people. Modern-day Turkey denies that it happened and for both moral and diplomatic reasons, Israel downplays the event. This program investigates evidence of an Armenian genocide by visiting sites of mass burials and presenting testimonials from survivors and their descendants. Leading figures on both sides of the debate are interviewed, including historian Hilal Berktay, who leads the effort for recognition in Turkey; Dr.

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.

Back to Ararat.

Discusses the massacre of the Armenian people in what is now Turkey, when one and a half million people were killed or driven from their homeland. Interviews a newgeneration of Armenians scattered throughbout the world, united in their dream of returning to the holy land of Mt. Ararat. 1988. 96 min. ;

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Bartos Family: The Father and Three Sons.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies, from the early 20th century through the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders a lyrical portrait of the Bartos family in Budapest, Hungary. The small rituals and events of this bourgeois family provide a view of the bridging of an age and culture, creating a mirror that reflects the face of private and official history. The Hungarian Quisling government looted the rich family and WWII and later Communism eventually completely destroyed their wealth. 1988. 60 min.

Bells From the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (Glocken aus der Tiefe)

Examines the mysticism and asceticism of religious practices in a region of Siberia near the upper course of the Yenisei River: pilgrims crawling across a barely frozen lake, hoping for a view of the legendary Kitezh, a village believed sunken intact by God to save it from Mongol raiders, "transmission of cosmic energy" into bottled water hawked by faith healer Alan Chumack; women under the spell of "sorcerer/exorcist" Yuri Tarassov; and followers of a robed, Christ-like man. A film by Werner Herzog. 1993. 60 min.

Berlin 1945.

This film is about the final Russian conflict, the fight to take Berlin. From Russian archive material witness probably the bloodiest battle of World War II. Over 40 Belorussian and 1st Ukranian Army cameramen contributed footage to this remarkable documentary. 60 min.

Beslan: Siege of School no. 1

This Wide Angle report investigates the terrorism at the Beslan school where Checknya insurgents took children, parents and teachers hostage in the bloodiest act of terrorism in Russia since Chechnya declared its independence. Based on firsthand testimony and rare footage from inside the school, Beslan explores the motivation of the hostage-takers, the Russian government's failed effort to manage the crisis, and the calamity's legacy for survivors, bereaved families, and Russia's future stability.

Black Square

The story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s. A cinematic appreciation of works only recently allowed to be exhibited and of the artists that created them. 56 min. 1988.-- Dialogues: A bacchanal of rock-jazz music erupts in an dancing, and playing makes this group of people a community and an ensemble, not just a crowd. 29 min. 1987.

Blockade (Blokada)

Created from archival footage of the siege of Leningrad found in Soviet film archives and meticulously reconstructed with a soundtrack added to the original silent footage. Hitler attempted to starve the Soviet city into submission resulting in the longest siege of World War II. The siege lasted for 900 days, with the blockade contributing to the largest-scale famine ever seen in the industrialized world. A Film by Sergei Loznitsa. 2005. 52 min.

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Examines the fighting in Sarajevo and the conflict between the Serbs and the Croatians. Includes interviews with Francois Mitterrand and 'Alija Izetbegovic. A film by Gilles Hertzog et Bernard-Henri Levy, 1994. 117 min.