The 9th annual RusDocFilmfest-3W will take place in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Oct. 7-9, 2016. The festival reflects the contemporary life of the multi-ethnic Russian-speaking world - the open-minded world of independent inspiration and free thought.
The Festival program in 2016 includes 25 documentaries from Armenia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA; most are laureates of international film-festivals in 2014/2015/2016. There will be presentations of several film-directors in a Q&A format. All screenings will be American premieres. All films will have English subtitles.
The 3W-DocFestival presents documentaries with wide social, historical, and cultural focuses. The festival presents special screenings which range from contemporary Russian literature – titled “In the Beginning was the World”, to historical themes – “Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century”; screenings about social issues and multi-cultural dialogue in the context of Russian culture – “Free World”, as well as a special program “At the Crossroads”, which features films by newly graduated film-directors. The festival includes a Competition Program and a Non-Competition Program. The awards given at the festival include the Grand Prix, the Special Jury Prize, and “Faces of Russia” Award, as well as several diplomas and prizes from The New Review, Inc. – the organizer of the festival, and from the festival’s sponsors.
The 3W-DocFestival is a non-commercial project maintained with private donations and the support of several New-York-based organizations.
The general sponsor of the 9th RusDocFilmFest-3W: The Dynasty Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization.
The 2016 sponsors from Russia: The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center and The Russian Jewish Congress, non-profit organizations.
For details see: www.rusdocfilmfest.org
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Anthology Film Archives7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Opening EventPresentations:- The Dmitry Zimin Foundation, General sponsor of the 9th RusDocFilmFest-3W- The Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential Center, sponsor of the 9th RusDocFilmFest-3WScreenings:- Stuard Schulberg. Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (1946, USA) Restored by: The Schulberg, USA / The Waletzky, Israel. Q&AStuart Schulberg, a young United States Army officer, was one of the members of the team of people who, in 1945, went in search of documentary footage of Nazi atrocities, shot by the Nazis themselves, to use for the international prosecution of Nazi leaders at Nuremberg.The film is being screened in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg International Tribunal against Nazi war criminals, as part of the program “Remembering the Holocaust in the 21st Century”. The film will be presented by the daughter of the director, producer Sandra Schulberg.- Russian TV-serials "Remembering the Nuremberg Trials." A new project of Producers’ Center "Cinema Production LTD" (Russia) and TV-Chanel "Russia-1". Q&AThe most emotional episodes of the Nuremberg trials through journalists’ views: madness of Hess, appearance of Generalfeldmarschall Paulus, shock after Russian judge Smirnov’s speech, Gering’s testimony, interviews with descendants of Russian famous journalists - witnesses of the Process – all with fragments of the new TV-project will be presented at the festival.
Anthology Film Archives12:30 pm Presentation: Jon Alpert (USA). Forty Years of Documentary Film-making. Q&AFilms:Mariela Castro’s MarchDirector - Jon AlpertDCTV Production, USA40 min, 2015Cuban Congresswoman Mariela Castro – daughter of Raúl and niece of Fidel Castro – confronts decades of cultural and institutional homophobia to serve as a tireless champion of the rights of Cuba’s LGBT community. Language - English, SpanishMedia Enabled MusketeersDirector - Jon AlpertDCTV Production, USA45 min, 2016“Media Enabled Musketeers” project focuses on the issue of covering disability and on raising disability awareness by mass media in the US and in Russia. It is intended for both professional journalists and persons with disabilities. Professional journalists, journalism students and “citizen-journalists” with disabilities are formed into mixed ability teams, which will then produce short documentaries about issues that affect the disabled communities.2:20 pmShining in the Dark (USA) Q&ADirector - Eduard StaroselskiyBravo Studio, USA45 min. 2014This film is about the lives of blind musicians. About the way people without sight fit into their relationships with their families and society. Making a film about such a topic, it is very difficult not to be tempted to fall into the extremity of feeling pity for these disabled people. But it is important to move past this. The film shows the inner life of these blind musicians: their art, their joys, their failures and successes. We become acquainted with their individual talents. Q&A with the director.Language: EnglishDCTV Main Theater 1:00 pmChechen (Ukraine) Q&ADirector - Beata Bubenets (Ukraine)75 min. 2015The film’s main character, a Chechen man named Ruslan, has been involved in all the military conflicts of recent years: Ichkeria, Abkhazia, Tiraspol, the Maidan, Crimea and the Donetsk Basin. War is his natural habitat; it has formed his lifestyle, his thought process and his feelings. Avoiding embellishment or moralization, the director creates a hard, honest image of the “new abrek” - a man of absolute freedom, and one who is prepared to fight for this freedom in any country, against any regime. A man living outside the state, outside the law, outside of any race or tribe. A man who is passionate in battle, and indifferent to the comforts of home. Accented in a socio-political way, the camera creates a subtle and precise psychological portrait of a Maidan “foot soldier”, setting him against the historical cataclysms the society he belongs to is undergoing. Just as it happens in the classic stories about the “free abrek”, a quiet teacher - a figure from another type of world altogether - captures his attention and reorients him toward actual life.Language: Russian, Ukrainian, English Subtitles. American premiere2:30 pm – 4:40 pm Some in, Some out (Russia)Director - Olga ArlauskasARTVIDEO Studio. Russia43 min. 2014No one doubts that children are our future. But what happens to a child who is not like the rest? Disabled, for example? How are they different from their peers? Do they dream of different things? Do they laugh and cry differently? Home, town, school, the sun, the wind - these things are shared by all. However, certain forces in this world make it so that children with limited abilities are isolated from the others. The film shows what inclusion looks like in practice, when disabled children live alongside the rest, attend a regular school, and when they are not subjected to the delineation of “in, out”. The young heroes tell the stories of their own lives and problems.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiereWord on a Palm (Russia)Director - Yuriy MaluginOstrov Studio. Russia40 min. 2015This is a story about blind and deaf people who come to know the world through touch. They differ in age, profession and life experiences: psychologist Aleksandr Suvorov, PhD; psychologist, artist and writer Irina Povolotskaya; mechanic Aleksey Gorelov; and Alena Kapustyan, who grew up in an orphanage. These people are united by their willpower and the desire they share, to live full lives. They are all members of the theater project The Touchables. The special “Theater of Touch” was created by well-known Russian actor Evgeny Mironov; the theater’s producer is actress Ingeborga Dapkunayte.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiereTwo and Twenty Troubles (USA) Q&ADirector - Viktor Ilyukhin (USA)30 min. 2015Actors Anthony Lopez and Rachel Handler want to revive their theater careers after a long hiatus. Rachel was once a promising young actress, but after a terrible accident caused her to lose her leg. The two meet in the theater Nicu’s Spoon, where everyone gets a chance regardless of sex, age, skin color or social standing. Rachel, Anthony and the other participants of the troupe try to achieve acknowledgment of their talent, and most importantly, to learn to believe in themselves again. Q&A with the director.Language: English. American premiere5:00 pmThe Last Knight of Empire (Russia)Director: Sergei DebizhevSt. Petersburg Studio of Documentary FilmsFilm Studio “2 Captains”80 min. 2014This film is about a man whose works were strictly forbidden in Soviet Russia and even his name was not to be spoken. Ivan Solonevich is a Russian philosopher, political activist and publicist; one of the founders of Russian Sambo, a Russian martial art sport. The prophecies of this amazing Russian thinker sound even more relevant now and some historical parallels can be made, which help us to understand more clearly some of the events taking place in the world today.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere6:30 pm Rachmaninoff and Konovalov (Russia)Director - Eugenie BorzovRussia60 min 2015This film is about two outstanding people – composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and politician Alexander Konovalov. They met when they were under twenty and they were always committed to this lifelong friendship, despite the tragedy of the Russian revolution and exile in France and USA. Alexander Konovalov began his career under Rachmaninoff’s care. However, he did not become a musician but a brilliant politician and a member of Russian Provisional Government. The film refers to his documents, letters, diaries and memoirs. Some of the unique archival materials have never been presented to the public. It was filmed in Russia, France, and USA.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere7:45 pmFive Angles of Dovlatov (Armenia)Directors: Aza Babayan, Vadim DubnovArmenia - Russia52 min. 2015Five angles of Dovlatov’s life and writing. The film-team digs to the roots of Dovlatov’s epoch and tells us about the circumstances under which the writer lived and wrote. Dovlatov’s relatives, friends, and famous critics tell their stories about him. He seems not to belong to himself anymore, - but real live Dovlatov is running through these legends to his readers. Dovlatov’s places, from old Tbilisi, Petersburg, Ukhta and Tallinn to Queens, New York, are shown in this film-excursion about one of the most popular writers of contemporary Russia.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiereDCTV 3rf Floor Theater 1:00 pm“At the Crossroads.” Program for newly graduated film-directors\tAnna Bedinskiej. In Another World (Poland)\tAnastasia Bezrook. Everybody Goes to Tractor (Russia)\tMaria Evteeva. Surviver.ru (Russia)\tVladislava Zhukovskaya. My Farther Pitirim (Russia)\tDaria Ivankova. My 1990th (Russia)\tMaxim Lukianets. Life (Russia)\tCristina Kuzhakhmetova. Beauty (Russia)4:20 pmThirteen Nights (Russia)Director - Boris KaradzhevNew Course Studio. Russia30 min. 2015In the life of poet Osip Mandelstam, the Perm Region plays an especially tragically role. On June 3, 1934 Mandelstam was exiled to Cherdyn, a small town in the Urals, for a poem he wrote the previous year: We Live Without Sensing The Country Beneath Us. After two weeks in Cherdyn, he continued to Voronezh, but Cherdyn left an indelible mark on the poet’s work. The film is a psychological reconstruction of the exile of Mandelstam - the poet banished under the administrative number 1044.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiereThe Passenger Stream (Russia)Director - Anna DranitsinaSaint-Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. Russia30 min. 2014Over the course of a lifetime, a person spends about a year riding the metro. Most of that time, we are in a hurry and do not notice what’s going on down there, underground. But life at a depth of 60-70 meters demands special attention: the watchwomen in their booths, the sellers of stuffed toys in the trans-platform passages, the beggars, the musicians, the sellers of useless trinkets in the train cars: all of these people form a special social stratum that exists separately from the world on the surface.American premiere5:30 pmOptical Axis (Russia) Q&ADirector – Marina Razbezhkina, Russia90 min, 2013This film is a visual effort to understand the main changes which have happened in Russia for the last century. The film was made by famous Russian film-director in very unusual genre of allusion: modern reality is created in the discourse of old photographs made by Russian photographer Maxim Dmitriev in 1913. Our contemporaries, people of different social groups and occupation, recognize themselves in the old images and think about life – in the past and Russian modernity.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiereBrooklyn Public Library2:00 pmSerge Hollerbach: Naked Truth (USA) Q&ADirector - El Earthbourne, USA52 min. 2015During World War II, a Russian teenager from Tsarskoe Selo (outside St. Petersburg) was sent to work in Germany. Being from a family of political prisoners, after the War he refused to return to the Soviet Union, choosing instead to immigrate to the United States. The path of the film’s subject, a well-known American artist, takes him from being a laborer at a “necktie factory”, to being a member of the National Academy of Design. It is the path of a self-made man. Q&A with the film’s subject. Language: Russian, English Subtitles.3:00 pmPresentations: The Boris Yeltsin’s Presidential Center, sponsor of the 9th RusDocFilmFest-3W. Q&AThe Russian Jewish Congress, sponsor of the 9th RusDocFilmFest-3W. Q&AScreening: The Mystery of the Mandelstam’s Archive. (Russia) Q&ADirector - Yelena YakovichRakord-TV40 min. 2016In her memoirs, Nadezhda Mandelstam said that it was during her husband’s first arrest, which was accompanied by a police ransacking of his house, that she realized the objective of her life: to rescue and save for posterity his unpublished poetry. In Mandelstam’s case, the saving of his archive made the difference between the survival and destruction of the poetry he had written in the 1930’s. From 1946 until 1957 the “sacred folder” lay inside the desk drawer of Ignatiy Bernstein. His daughter Sofia Bogatyreva tells the story of this folder. The film features recordings of Osip Mandelstam’s voice reading his poetry, recorded in the 1920’s by the founder of Russian audio-archival science, Sergey Bernstein. Q&A with the director and S. Bogatyreva, member of the National Slavic Society (USA). Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere
Anthology Film Archives 1:00 pm Rings of the World (Russia) Q&ADirector - Sergey MiroshnichenkoOstrov Studio. Russia98 min. 2015. Part 2This is the official film of the 2014 Winter Olympics. But the film is not only about sport. First and foremost, it is a study of the complex phenomenon of the contemporary human: the leader, the winner - his/her psychological makeup, and how it interacts with his/her environment. The subjects of the film represent different countries, and speak different languages: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Czech… But their voices meld together in the telling of a single story about the price of victory, not only in sport.English Subtitles. American premiereDCTV Main FLOOR 1:00 pmCompetition (Russia)Director - Eugene KhovayevOstrov Studio. Russia45 min. 2015In 2015 Moscow hosted the XV P.I. Tchaikovsky Memorial International Music Festival. 36 pianists competed in the “Piano” category. Four of them are the subjects of this film: the French beginner Luca Debargue, the torch-bearer of the Russo-Lithuanian musical tradition Lukas Geniusas, the very young American George Lee, and Dmitriy Masleev - an unknown pianist from the remote Russian region of Buryatia. These young pianists all have different lives, different artistic paths, different styles, and one goal: to win the prestigious contest.English Subtitles. American premiereVladimir Gorikker: Rare Genre Director - Tatyana MalakhovaTelekompania AB-TV, Russia40 min. 2015Well-known opera-film director Vladimir Gorikker conquers his interlocutor with his artistic temperament, charisma and charm. Using his profound knowledge of music, he has created masterpieces in a rare genre that has been undeservedly forgotten in our time. His opera-films presented a confluence of excellent dramatic acting (Smoktunovskiy, Glebov, Beliavskiy, Pechernikova, Zeldin), with the greatest voices of Soviet opera (Lemeshev, Oleinichenko, Atlantov, Petrov, Kibkalo, Milashkina, Siniavskaya). The film was made in honor of the director’s 90th anniversary.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere3:10 pmBunins’ Alleys (Russia). Q&ADirector - Grigoriy IlugdinGrig-Film Studio. Russia45 min. 2015It’s 1940 and Europe is engulfed in war. Russian émigrés, Nobel laureate writer Ivan Bunin and his wife Vera Muromtseva-Bunina rent out a villa on the outskirts of Grasse. Here, throughout World War II, they will hide their Jewish friends - the writer Bachrach, and pianist Aleksandr Lieberman with his wife Stephania. “Righteous man of world”, an honorable role, both Bunins are not officially ascribed. Viewers will find out about the life and emigration of A. Lieberman, and see footage of the unveiling of a memorial plaque in the pianist’s hometown Briansk (2015). This film was created with the support of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and the Holocaust Center. Q&A with a representative of the RJC.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere4:10 pmYour Brother Cain (Russia)Director - Irina VasilievaFishka Studio. Russia80 min. 2015The main character of the film may not have committed the murder for which he was sentenced to death 25 years ago, but definitely contemplated it. The sentence was later commuted to life without parole. The director watches the subject for a quarter-century, witnessing the former atheist gradually gain faith. As in the classics, suffering brings cleansing. The only liaison between the prisoner, the world, and Heaven, is the prison chaplain. Together, they represent the eternal duo of sinner and saint. Cain and Abel. They have nowhere to hide from each other. Which is which? It is unclear whose burden is the heavier one.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere5:45 pmOut of the Box (USA) Q&ADirector - Semen Pinkhasov, USA40 min. 2016The film’s subject is American artist Gregory Perkel. His life is divided into two halves: his first 40 years he lived and worked in the Soviet Union, but for nearly the last 40 years he has lived and worked in the United States. His views on art, politics, emigration and life, as well as the views of his loved ones, friends and colleagues about Perkel and his art, are the basis of this film. Q&A with the film’s director.Language: English. American premiere6:45 pmGorenstein: He Knew All About Russia (Germany)Director – Yury Veksler (Germany)80 min 2015The film is dedicated to Friedrich Gorenstein, an outstanding Russian writer and screenwriter, who did not fit - and did not want to fit - into the mainstream of Soviet literary canon of the 1960-70s. Since 1980s, for over 20 years, he had lived and worked in Berlin, where he died in 2002. The film is not only a story of his life but a great collection of portraits of his friends – Andrei Tarkovsky and Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrei Bitov, Victor Yerofeyev, Yevgeni Popov and Boris Khazanov, among others. Most of the archival materials used in the film are shown for the first time.Language: Russian, English Subtitles. American premiere8:30 pmClosing Event