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Eastern Europe History & Politics

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.

Grandma's Tattoos

Reveals the fate of thousands of forgotten women, mostly teenagers and young girls, who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide but were forced into prostitution by their captors. Many of these women were tattooed as a permanent mark of their status. Filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian begins the film by remembering her grandmother: "Grandma Khanoum was not like everyone else. She had blue tattoos on her face and hands. She despised physical contact. She never hugged anyone, never gave kisses.

Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Collapse (Episode 6)

Collapse. Episode six of the Great War examines the critical year of 1918. After the mutiny within the French Army and revolution in Russia, the Germans were still firmly entrenched on the Western Front. The arrival of the United States forces in Europe would determine the outcome of the war. This program probes the issue of American involvement as the deciding factor in Germany's defeat. 58 min. 1996.

Gypsies.

A cinema-verite style documentary film directed by Wladyslaw Slesicki that follows a traveling gypsy caravan as they wander across rural Poland. Original synchronous sound with no Commentary. Direction and script by Wadyslaw Slesicki. 1961. 30 min.

Gypsies.

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.

Gypsies.

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. Directed by Natalia Homutova. c2000. 50 min.
See also:
Bori, Erzsebet. "Caravans Without Wheels (Documentary Films on the Roma)." The Hungarian Quarterly (179/2005)

Gypsies.

A cinema-verite style documentary film directed by Wladyslaw Slesicki that follows a traveling gypsy caravan as they wander across rural Poland. Original synchronous sound with no Commentary. Direction and script by Wadyslaw Slesicki. 1961. 30 min.
See also:
Bori, Erzsebet. "Caravans Without Wheels (Documentary Films on the Roma)." The Hungarian Quarterly (179/2005)

Gypsy Caravan

In a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, five bands unite for a concert tour across North America and astound every audience they meet. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, from Romanian violin to Raga and jazz. Performers: Taraf De Haidouks, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Maharaja, Antonio de Pipa Flamenco Ensemble. Special features: Uncut performances by Esma Redzepova, Taraf de Haidouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Maharaja; photo gallery; extended interview with Johnny Depp; filmmaker biography. 2007. 111 min.

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