Yelena Drumova


Program Bio
June 2006: New York and the Flaherty Film Seminar at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Yelena Drumova was born in 1979 in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia, which lies on the border of Europe and Asia. For nine years she studied to become a pianist, then switched to studying journalism for the next five. She graduated from the State University of the Urals with a degree in journalism and began working for a television company in the city of Ekaterinburg.

In her own words: “At that time, I strongly believed that a television journalist could change the world, compelling people to stand up from their couches and do something useful. I thought that the news would realistically portray to the audience the position of regular people. After six years of working as a reporter, I became convinced that this was far from reality. I felt that the news was like a type of gum between advertisements for dandruff shampoo and yogurt. I am glad that at 24, I realized to what I should devote my life, and I am glad to have made that realization at a young age. I seek to make films which will cause people to leave the theater after viewing with some thoughts in their heads and dreams of changing the world around them. My favorite directors are Kira Muratova, Lars von Trier, David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky.”

Yelena has participated in numerous film festivals and is a recipient of the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Film at the 12th Annual Saint Anne Film Festival (2005).