MARIA MIROSCHNICHENKOProgram Bio
April 2008: New York and the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina
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Maria Miroschnichenko (Maria Miro) was born in 1985 in Chelyabinsk, a town near the Ural Mountains. When she was ten, her family moved to Moscow. In 2002, Miroschnichenko entered the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). In 2003, she joined the Ostrov Studio where she worked as an assistant director for the project, Alexander Solozhenitsyn, Live Not by Lies (produced by the Ostrov Studio for the Russia TV Channel) and Born in the USSR: 21 Up (made by BBC for Granada TV, Great Britain). Her graduate work, the documentary Coal Dust (2006), has received awards at several national and international film festivals in Russia, Germany and Iran. The film tells a story about a small mining town near the Ural Mountains where the miners have worked all of their lives for a state industry which values their workers at the level of coal dust.