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Eastern Europe History & Politics


A stunning visually tour through the belly of an old Soviet industrial plant in the Urals filmed in 2004. While male workers toil over fiery blast furnaces, pour molten steel into giant casting ladles, and hammer metal spikes into colossal machines, their female counterparts operate the assembly lines, endlessly moving clay blocks from one conveyor belt to another. The film presents an unapologetic questioning of Russia's ability to emerge as a modern industrial nation in the 21st century. Produced, directed and edited by Sergei Loznitsa. Dist.

Face to Face: Conversations on U.S./Soviet Summitry.

Unit 1. Sources of U.S.-Soviet summitry. (30 min.) -- Unit 2. World Wars to Cold War, 1917-1955 (30 min.) -- Unit 3. Adversarial summits, 1955-1987 (30 min.) -- Unit 4. Basic issues in U.S.- Soviet summitry. 30 min.

Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory

The western Ukraine was once home to the largest Jewish community that ever existed. Five million Jews living there had a rich culture, with extensive music and a thriving Yiddish theater. All this disappeared with the German invasion of Russia in 1941 and the tragic events of the Holocaust. This documentary artfully weaves the words of writers such as Rose Auslander, Isaak Babel, Martin Buber and David Kahane with the memories of those still living to recreate the culture of Ukrainian Jews. (1998?) 79 min.

Far From Moscow.

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 second of a 2 part presentation, covers the lives of women in areas outside of Moscow, in the towns of Sochi on the Black Sea, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Irkutsk, Siberia. 1962. 33 min.

Far From Poland.

Combines documentary footage and dramatic reenactments to portray the Polish Solidarity Movement. Denied visas to shoot in Poland, the filmmaker constructs a film in New York over the barest bones of documentary footage and creates her personal definition of the Polish struggle. The result: a deft dismemberment of the myth of "documentary truth." A film by Jill Godmilow in collaboration with Susan Delson, Mark Magill and Andrzej Tomowski. 1984. 106 min.

Final Verdict

A student shot a woman and her guest. The director and the killer try to understand the motivation behind the tragedy. During twenty painful months alone on death row, the killer discovers he is no longer the person he once was. 66 min. 1987.-- Evening Sacrifice: The director tried to capture the spirit of a crowd. 17 min. 1984-1987. Are You Going to the Ball?: An unprecedented look at the Soviet Union's women's gymnastic team. Olga Korbut is featured. 28 min. 1987.--Tomorrow is a Holiday: Women workers stuff live chickens into metal containers.

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.

Free Fall

A film by Peter Forgacs. Beginning in 1938 through home movies taken by musician and businessman Gyorgy Peto, shows how this Hungarian Jewish family from the city of Szeged, suppressed the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacre. As the illusions of this Jewish Hungarian family are eroded step-by-step, their happy, banal moments are framed against a recitation of anti-Jewish laws in Hungary during the Nazi era and descriptions of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. 1996. 75 min.

Genocide: The Horror Continues

he late 20th century produced a sinister euphemism: 'ethnic cleansing.' This program presents a comprehensive survey of genocide by looking at the most recent examples in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey; Burundi and Rwanda; the former Yugoslavia; Indonesia and East Timor; and Chechnya. The role and efforts of the United Nations are discussed as well as what the future holds in trying to prevent genocide. 2002. 57 min.