The 9th annual Russian documentary film festival in New York: RusDocFilmFest-3W
Manhattan and Brooklyn, October 7-9, 2016
Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, Manhattan), Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan), and Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza). www.rusdocfilmfest.org
There are over 25 documentaries made by filmmakers from Armenia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. Some screenings will have a Q&A session. Most screenings will be American premieres, and all films will have English subtitles.
Recommended screenings: the program “Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century” includes several films, among them the documentary Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today made by famous American film-director Stuart Schulberg (with Pare Lorentz, “FDR’s filmmaker”) in 1947/48. This documentary was screened in the U.S. for the first time only in 2010. The film will be performed at the festival Opening Event on October 7, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Another documentary in this program – The Bunins’ Alleys — tells about the first Russian Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin and his wife during the Second World War in occupied France.
In addition, famous director Marina Razbezhkina will show her documentary Optical Axis. The film was made in an unusual genre of allusion: modern reality is created in the discourse of old photographs made by Russian photographer Maxim Dmitriev in 1913.
Another documentary from Razbezhkina’s school is Chechen by Beata Bubenets (Ukraine). Accented in a socio-political way, the film-director creates a subtle and precise psychological portrait of a Maidan “foot soldier”, setting him against the historical cataclysms his society is undergoing. This film was awarded at Artdocfest-2015 - “Best Feature-Length Film”, film festival ‘Stalker’ - “Best Art-Film”, as well as The National Award “Laurus” - “Best Art-Film”. The festival will also show a special program for students –“At the Crossroads” – a program of debuts by newly graduated film-directors (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg).
The organizer of the festival, The New Review/ Noviy Zhurnal, the oldest Russian Émigré literary journal in the U.S., will also arrange presentations by The Zimin Foundation, (formerly The Dynasty Foundation), and The Boris Yeltsin Center at Hunter College on October 7 at 4 pm.