Participating Films:

Tuesday, July 1st, 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives


by Anastasia Tarasova
On the Northern shore of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, lies the site of one of the Soviet Union’s most grandiose and controversial engineering projects: the Baikal-Amur Mainline, a railroad connecting Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. Today, a pervasive sense of forgotten generations and lost hopes nearly obscures the beauty and grandeur of the vast lake.

PHANTOM OF EUROPE (2007, 26 min) 
by Igor Morozov
Somewhere in the Russian Ural Mountains stands…the Eiffel Tower?! In this charming film, Morozov explores the cadences of village life in Paris, Berlin, and Leipzig— a region of Russia know to locals as “Little Europe”.

BESLAN. THE RIGHT TO LIVE (2006, 44 min)
by Olga Stefanova
Two years after the Beslan tragedy, two filmmakers visit the small town that was thrust suddenly into the international spotlight in September, 2004 when armed terrorists held 1,200 civilians hostage in a school gymnasium. The rescue left at least 334 hostages, including children, dead, and many more wounded or missing. There are still more questions than answers… Details aside, it is essential that we continue to bear witness and remember that it could happen again, and this time, to any of us.

All films are in Russian with English subtitles 
Vasily Gusak, a film curator from St. Petersburg, Russia will join the filmmakers for Q&A following the screening.