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Soviet Union and Russia

Title Code Description Format Year
2 FILMS BY NIKITA MIKHALKOVDIL Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. A pair of documentary films which commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mikhalkov's mother and the 90th anniversity of the birth of his father. The 2-disc set includes:
  • MOTHER (60 min.)
    She was raised in a Russian Orthodox family with deep cultural traditions. Granddaughter of the great painter Vasilii Surikov and daughter of the remarkable Russian artist Petr Konchalovskii, Natalia Petrovna Konchalovskaia inherited in full measure her ancestors' extraordinary talent, creative sense of life, and the energetic love which characterized her relationships not only with her own children but also with others in the world around her.
  • FATHER (59 min.)
    Author of "Uncle Stepa," the lyrics of three national anthems (1943, 1977, and 2001), and the epitaph on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Sergei Mikhalkov is a significant figure in Russian culture. Whatever criticisms and judgments there may be, he is without doubt a symbol of that epoch which we call "Soviet" and which we can not remove from the chronicle of our country.
DVD-PAL2003
211: Anna21190 min., Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Paolo Serbadini and Giovanna Massimetti. We had first met her in Moscow in December 2003. But we had been familiar with her indomitable journalistic force for some time, and had read her books and articles. We saw her again the following year, in early September. She had just been discharged from a clinic after they had tried to poison her in order to stop her reaching Beslan. She was pale and fragile, but no less determined for that. We realized that we had two long interviews with Anna and a great deal of footage shot in Russia over the years. This was the starting point for filming our documentary of the 211th journalist to be murdered by the democratic government of Russia.DVD2009
ABC NEWS: RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONSABC1-ABC6 This weeklong Nightline series looked at crime, the military, politics, sexual freedom, and the difficulty of making ends meet in the Russian Federation.
  • Sex in Russia (ABC1)
    Nightline takes a look at the costs and benefits that have accompanied Russia's era of sexual freedom and talks with individuals, couples and families all struggling to adjust to the major changes wrought by Russia's sexual revolution.
  • Russian Television (ABC2)
    Game shows, soap operas, graphic sex programs and American productions dominate Russian television. But television is more than just a boob tube: it is a powerful political tool that reaches more than 80 percent of all Russian viewers. Russian journalists talk with Nightline about the environment they work in and how many are struggling to produce unbiased reports.
  • Russian Military (ABC3)
  • Crime in Russia (ABC4)
  • Who is Boris Berezovsky? (ABC5)
    After frequent reshuffling of prime ministers and the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin, the world is wondering who is really in control of Russia. The multibillionaire Boris Berezovsky, who has been accused of attempting to blackmail Yeltsin, is considered to be the key player in the elusive power structure. Nightline spends a day with the notorious businessman, media mogul and power broker.
  • The Next Russian President (ABC6)
VHS2000
AKVARIUM: 30 LETAKV 142 min. Russian with English-language menu screens. Concert footage: A live filming of Akvarium and special guests at "Luzhniki" playing thirty songs for their 30th year anniversary celebration. Bonus track includes a history of the group and Boris Grebenshchikov. DVD2002
ALL THE BEST FROM RUSSIAALL1 52 min. The best in ballet, folk-dancing, and all-round entertainment from inside Russia. Includes the Bolshoi Ballet, Don Cossack dancers, the Armenian Folk Ensemble, and the incomparable treasures in the fabulous Hermitage Museum. VHS1977
ANASTASIA: DEAD OR ALIVEANA 60 min. Produced and directed by Michael Barnes. Did Anastasia Romanov die with the rest of her family in that Yekaterinburg cellar in July 1918? Or was she really Anna Anderson, the mysterious young woman who surfaced in Berlin in 1922 and later moved to the United States? This NOVA documentary attempts to tackle this mystery, examining among other things the genetic makeup of the bodies found in a mass grave unearthed in Siberia. VHS1995
ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDAANI Russian with English subtitles. Containing more than five hours of rare material in all, this DVD set offers a fascinating look at the history of Soviet propaganda. It is an invaluable resource that displays how one of the greatest powers wanted their people to envision the rest of the world, as well as being an idiosyncratic tour through Russia's rich and varied history of animated art.
  • DISC 2: FASCIST BARBARIANS (110 min.) is a 17 film reaction to the Nazi invasion of 1941. After breaking the non-aggression pact and declaring war, the Nazis became animals in the propaganda films, turning into snarling warthogs and depraved vultures.
  • DISC 3: CAPITALIST SHARKS (99 min.) contains six films that take on the bourgeoisie the world over - and sometimes beyond. In Interplanetary Revolution (1924), capitalists escaping to Mars discover the revolution has spread throughout the galaxy.
  • DISC 4: ONWARD TO THE SHINING FUTURE: COMMUNISM (118 min.) contains 11 works, most of which mythologize the state and envision the inevitable utopias of the future. Dziga Vertov's Soviet Toys (1924), however, offers criticism of the state and satirizes the communist members who cashed in on Lenin's New Economic Policy (NEP), which introduced a limited form of capitalist enterprise.
DVD1924-1984
AN APPEAL TO THE JEWS OF THE WORLD APP 6 min. Russian, Yiddish and English with English subtitles. Historic Russian newsreel footage, produced in 1941, in which a group of some of the Soviet Union's most prominent Jewish writers and artists appealed to Jews throughout the world to join the Soviet people in their fight against Fascism. Film director Sergei Eisenstein, actor Solomon Mikhoels and poet Peretz Markish are among the notable figures making a plea to the viewing audience. VHS1941
ART AND SPIRITUALITY: THE RUSSIAN ICONART1, ART2 Ideal supplementary material or stand-alone presentation for art, history, theology, or Russian area studies courses, as well as for advanced Russian-language courses (Russian version). Available in both Russian (ART1) and English (ART2). VHS 
A.R.M. AROUND MOSCOWARM 75 min. Directed and edited by Jeanne C. Finley and Gretchen Stoeltje. Four times a year Los Angeles businessman Ron Rollband, owner of American- Russian Matchmaking (A.R.M), brings 15 American men to Moscow to meet over 500 potential Russian brides. A.R.M Around Moscow explores what happens when mutual fantasy collides with the reality of post cold-war, cross cultural marriage. VHS1994
THE AVANT-GARDE IN RUSSIAAVA 89 min. Through painting, architecture, sculpture, theatre, film, and fashion, the avant-garde of the arts in Russia explored primitivism, cubo-futurism, and productivism. The optimism and vitality of Russia's artists were quickly crushed by Social Realism, the official style of Soviet Message Art. This program presents examples of art produced before and after the controls and restrictions were placed on creative artists, and explores the effects and impact of state-controlled art. VHS1993
BEST VIDEOS: LYUBE LYUB *104 min. A collection of music videos by Lyube, including videos of such popular songs as “Ne Valiai Duraka America,” “Soldat,” “Davai Za…” and many others. DVD-PAL2010
THE BATTLE OF TSUSHIMA: 1905 JAPAN ENTERS THE WORLD SCENEBAT1 41 min. Produced by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. This program traces the opening of Japan imposed by the shoguns, the arrival of Commodore Perry, the modernist attitudes of the Meji Emperor. It covers Japan's declaration of war on China in 1894; the Treaty of Shimonosaki, which grated Japan huge reparations, the island of Formosa, Port Arthur in Manchuria, and a kind of protectorate in Korea; and the resulting alliance between Russia and China, which would set the stage for the confrontation between Russia and Japan. The program sets the stage in St. Petersburg as well as on the seas, as the tempests that would batter the twentieth century were set in motion. VHS1991
THE BETRAYEDBET 78 min. Directed by Clive Gordon. This video looks at Russia's war with Chechnya through the eyes of mothers of some of the Russian soldiers who were missing in action after the attack on Grozny. The Betrayed portrays a very human side to the Chechen war, a side not typically seen through the media. VHS1995
BETWEEN TWO FIRESBETW 50 min. Directed by Douglas Smith. This documentary details the awful predicament that faced 153 Russian prisoners held at Fort Dix at the end of WWII. Between Two Fires exposes how Russian anti-Communists were captured and held on American soil during WWII, only to be forcibly repatriated in an effort to placate Stalin-an egregious violation of the Geneva Convention Agreement. This film garnered a Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary in the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, a Bronze Oscar in the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences' 27th Annual Student Academy Awards, a CINE Eagle, and first place in the Spindle Top Film Festival. VHS2001
BEYOND OUR BORDERS: RUSSIABEY-3 30 min. A new cultural geography series geared toward teaching students about the geography and history of the world's major countries. Helps students understand other peoples' environments, values, and significant historical contributions. The DVD also features maps that clarify geographical data such as a country's global location, major regions, and important cities. Here one can see Russia's most important regions and natural wonders such as the Ural Mountains, the Volga River, Siberia, and Lake Baikal. One also understands more fully the changes free enterprise is bringing to Russia. DVD 
THE BIRTH OF SOVIET CINEMABIR 49 min. Produced by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. The Communist government attracted some of the most brilliant and innovative writers-directors-producers in the history of cinema, who used this new medium to stage plots centered on the Party line: the heroism of the people, the cruelty of the upper classes, the joys of communal action and service to Mother Russia. This program presents an anthology of scenes from the most striking and famous of these films, including Eisenstein's Strike, Potemkin and October; Pudovkin's Mother, End of St. Petersburg and Storm over Asia; and Dovzhenko's Arsenal and Earth. VHS1996
A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOMBITT 2011. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Marina Goldovskaya. A documentary by Marina Goldovskaya, focusing on the fearless Russian journalist Anna Plitkovskaya, who was gunned down n her apartment block in downtown Moscow in October 2006. DVD2011
THE BLACK TULIPBLAC 27 min. Understanding the impact of the Afghan War on Soviet society is essential to an understanding of glasnost and perestroika. Even though Soviet troops have been withdrawn, that is not the end of the story. As the Vietnam War changed our society, so too has the Afghan war changed Soviet society. This is a remarkable look at the human impact of the war on the Soviets. The soldiers' words are reminiscent of Vietnam. These scenes are followed by visits to a Soviet cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan were buried. VHS 
BORN IN THE USSRROZ 177 min. Russian. Directed by Sergei Miroshnichenko. The Russian version of the highly praised British "7 and Up" series of documentaries, this is the third installment in the documentary, checking in with the subjects when they are 21 years old. DVD-PAL2007
BOUGHT & SOLD: AN INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN WOMENBOU 42 min. Produced & directed by Gillian Caldwell. Completed in October of 1997, Bought & Sold is an investigative documentary about the international trade in women, and includes new material from Global Survival Network's two-year undercover investigation into the traffic in women for prostitution out of Russia. This video includes undercover footage of meetings with the Russian mafiya, interviews with women who were trafficked overseas and perspectives from experts from around the world about how to address the problem. VHS1998
THE BRATSK SEABRA2 50 min. English. Directed by Tatiana Homutova. This documentary looks at the social disaster that came along with the construction of a power plant in the city of Balagansk under the orders of the Soviet Union's Communist planners during the early '60s. Residents were sold on the project through propagandist news reporting, but the reality fell far short of the dream. The relocated residents found their new land had inferior soil, leading to farm production shortages, lack of water and other serious problems. VHS2001
BUSINESS IN RUSSIABUS 42 min. Russian with no subtitles (third-year college Russian level). University of Kentucky Language Labs production features the adventures of Kevin and Katie, two young Americans who have decided to do business in the new Russia. Shot on location in Vladimir, Russia. VHS1994
CHEKHOVCHE 53 min. Russian with English subtitles. Produced by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. A superb documentary of the life, thoughts and great themes that made Chekhov the man and the artist, this film is also a superb Russian film. Set in Moscow in 1914, ten years after Chekhov's death, this program gives us Chekhov through the eyes of those who worked with him and loved him, using Russian documentary footage to make both the playwright and his time come to life. VHS1996
CHILDREN OF THE SOVIET UNIONCHI 22 min. This documentary explores the life of Alyosha, a twelve year old boy living in the Soviet Union. The video introduces the viewer to the many facets of Soviet society and culture, presented against a rich backdrop of the Soviet Union's colorful history and geography. VHS1988
THE COLD WAR REMEMBERED Part ICOL101 - COL212 Thirteen 30-min programs (separate video cassettes) follow an informal discussion format, emphasizing the memories, stories, and analyses of participants representing all perspectives of the conflict. Each program covers a particular period of the Cold War years, with historical footage followed by reminiscences of the participants:
  • The Beginning: World War II Allies to Cold Warriors (COL101)
  • The Early Years (COL102)
  • Cold War Crises (COL103)
  • Krushchev's Push and De-Stalinization, 1955-57 (COL104)
  • Cold War Heats Up (COL105)
  • Space Race (COL106)
  • The 1970's: The Coming and Going of Detente (COL107)
  • The Final Years of the Old Guard (COL108)
  • Gorbachev's Reforms (COL109)
  • Signs of Unraveling (COL110)
  • The Break-Up of the USSR (COL111)
  • Retrospective: KGB vs. CIA (COL112)
  • Where Do We Go From Here? (COL113)
VHS 1995
THE COLD WAR REMEMBERED Part II COL201 - COL212 Thirteen 30-min programs (separate video casettes) investigate the less visible side of the Cold War found in the discreet battles between the CIA and the KGB. Traces the two intelligence organizations from their seminal development through 1989. Same roundtable discussion format as the first series, with journalists, authors, scholars, and former intelligence personnel recounting their experiences and knowledge.
  • The Revolution and the Rise of Soviet Intelligence (COL201)
  • Soviet Intelligence and WWII (COL202)
  • WWII, The Cold War, and the Rise of the Security State in America (COL203)
  • Role of the KGB in Post-WWII Soviet Politics (COL204)
  • Role of National Security Establishments in American Politics (COL205)
  • Intelligence Explosion (COL206)
  • The KGB and CIA in Eastern Europe: The Central Front (COL207)
  • The Technology Race (COL208)
  • Vietnam (COL209)
  • The Great Conspiracies (COL210)
  • Before the Fall: What Both Sides Knew Before Communism Imploded (COL211)
  • The Future of Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World (Part I) (COL212)
  • The Future of Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World (Part II) (COL213)
VHS 1995
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF YURI NORSTEINNORS 98 min. Includes Norstein's first film, 25th - First Day (1968); Battle of Kerjenets (1971); Fox and Rabbit (1973); Heron and Crane (1974); Hedgehog in Fog (1975); and Tale of Tales (1978). VHS2005
CONQUERORS: PETER THE GREATPET 30 min. Peter the Great dragged Russia out of the Dark Ages and into the modern world by creating strategic political alliances that advanced its economic might. Modernizing a country that has existed for centuries as a feudal backwater state was no easy task. Discover how this great Russian monarch's passion and perseverance spawned military victories, vibrant cities and a renewed national pride that made Russia a key player in a new world order. VHS1997
CROSSROADS OF CONTINENTSCRO 33 min. English. A short documentary examining the history and culture of Siberia and Alaska, the crossroads of two continents. VHS 
CZARIST RUSSIA: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONCZA 22 min. Providing a background to the Russian revolution, this video uses stills of artwork to show life under the czars and the growing restlessness of the workers as liberated ideas infiltrate the autocratic and rigidly constructed society. Emphasis is on events leading to the government overthrow, emergence of Russian communism, industrial growth, and expansionist activities. VHS1979
DATELINE: 1985, MOSCOWDAT85 23 min. Produced by ABC News/Weintraub Productions in association with New Atlantic Productions. In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev assumed power in the Soviet Union, inheriting a war in Afghanistan, poor relations with the West, and a legacy of corruption, repression, bureaucracy, and a faltering economic system. This documentary traces the roots of the legacy which General Secretary Gorbachev inherited and examines the results of his policy of "glasnost"--openness, including a more open and critical Soviet media, the release of long-held political prisoners, a new age of detente with the West, and cessation of the war in Afghanistan. VHS1991
DATELINE: 1987, THE SUMMITDAT87 23 min. Produced by ABC News/Weintraub Productions in association with New Atlantic Productions. This documentary traces the history of past US-Soviet summit meetings, from the first Big Four summit in Geneva in 1955 to the 1987 Washington, DC summit meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. VHS1991
DATELINE MOSCOW and INSIDE THE USSRINS14, INS15 30 min. each. In this two-part INSIDE STORY series, the difficulties journalists have experienced in covering the Moscow beat since World War II is analyzed. Current coverage of the Soviet Union by both American and other correspondents is viewed. VHS1983
DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: COMMUNISM:THE FALL OF THE ROMANOVS AND THE BERLIN WALLDCRB 51 min. Fourth film in BBC World's "Days that Shook the World" series. The execution of the Romanovs, in 1918, marked Russia's irrevokable shift from a monarchy to a communist state. The destruction of the Berlin Wall, in 1989, signified the collapse of that state and its Marxist ideology. This gripping, realistic program cinematically dramatizes the events of these two historic watersheds: indelible emblems of the birth pains and death throes of the Soviet Union. The story begins at Ipatiev House, where a dynasty died, and ends at Checkpoint Charlie, where the will of the people spoke - and the gates to freedom opened. Original BBCW broadcast title: The Murder of the Romanovs and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. DVD2003
THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART DESE 80 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev. How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet Union artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals, Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions. DVD2010
DIALOGUES WITH SOLZHENITSYNDIA3 188 min. In this evocative two-part portrait of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, director Alexander Sokurov interprets the acclaimed writer's life based on two lengthy talks with Solzhenitsyn and his wife. DIALOGUES is not a straightforward biography but instead focuses on Solzhenitsyn's monologues and his discussions with Sokurov about Russian literature, folklore, history, and language. The result is a portrait of a Russian legend through his own words. DVD1999
DISCOVER RUSSIADIS 30 min. Produced by the National Geographic Society. This video is a film journey through the old and new, from palaces of the tsars and the countryside of yesterday to vibrant city life under glasnost. Places visited include Leningrad, Moscow, Zagorsk, and Rostov-Veliki. VHS1990
EARLY RUSSIAEAR 22 min. A collage of artwork traces the development of Russia as a nation from its origins of loosely allied Viking trading posts through the reign of Peter the Great and the beginnings of Russia's modern history. Russian art and architecture are significant themes in portraying the early influence of Byzantium and the adoption of Eastern or Orthodox Christianity and the later influence of West European culture. VHS1979
EASTERN & RUSSIAN ORTHODOXYEARO 25 min. The Hagia Sophia temple in Constantinople may have inspired the adoption of Eastern Orthodoxy by Russia. Its influence on iconographic art, Russian literature, and the Russian people in conflict with Mongols and Communism is brought to life in this film. This title is one of eight 25 min. programs in the CHRISTIANITY IN WORLD HISTORY SERIES by New Dimension Media. Suitable for ages 6-12 & up. VHS 
EISENSTEIN AND STALIN: WHEN ART AND POLITICS CLASHEIS 59 min. Produced by Films for Humanities & Sciences. Drawing on sixty volumes of diaries and other recently revealed archival materials, this program presents the struggle between Joseph Stalin and Sergei Eisenstein, who fought for freedom of expression in a climate of exiles and executions. Rare clips of the preeminent Russian director's controversial films - including the deleted Trotsky scene in "October," the original ending of "The General Line," and recovered footage from the banned "Bezhin Meadow" - and interviews with the director of the Eisenstein Museum, friends, associates, and former students underscore the coercive power of Stalin's authoritarian regime. VHS1999
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA SERIESENC1-5
  • SETTING THE MOLD (ENC1)
    28 min. After a wartime alliance, an adversarial relationship developed between the United States and the Soviet Union in the years immediately following World War II. This video chronicles this relationship from 1945 to 1953 using archival film, newsreels, and interviews with American and Soviet journalists, historians, and newsmakers of the period.
  • CRACKING THE MOLD (ENC2)
    29 min. This video explores the circumstances surrounding President Dwight Eisenhower's decision in 1955 to hold the first post-World War II meetings with Soviet leadership after a decade of Cold War hostility.
  • THE MOLD BROKEN (ENC3)
    28 min. This video surveys the period from the end of World War II to the end of 1989 from the point of view of residents of Eastern Europe.
  • RECASTING THE MOLD (ENC4)
    30 min. This video describes the rise of nationalism in the 1960s among the postcolonial states of the Third World, and how these merging countries challenged the superpowers in new ways, forcing them to redefine their relationships in order to avoid nuclear conflict.
  • BREAKING THE MOLD (ENC5)
    30 min. This video examines the fluctuation in U.S.-Soviet relations in the decade and a half following Watergate and the Vietnam War, with focus on the roles played by American leaders Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Mikhail Gorbachev.
VHS1990
AN EVENING IN MEMORY OF ALEKSANDR BASHLACHIOV IN THE LENINGRAD ROCK CLUB BASH*70 min. A video recording of a concert in memory of the Russian poet and songwriter Alexandr Bashlachev, which includes live performances by Victor Tsoi, Konstantin Kinchev, Petr Mamonov, Yurii Shevchiuk, Veacheslav Butusov and many others.DVD-PAL2010
EVGUENI KHALDEI, PHOTOGRAPHER UNDER STALINEVG 64 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Marc-Henri Wajnberg. A sensitive and long overdue tribute to a war photographer whose vision was anything but subtle" (Clare Thomson, The Bulletin). With an artist's eye and a journalist's immediacy, Evgueni Khaldei chronicled some of the pivotal events of his time--from Red Square to the Budapest Ghetto, the fall of the Reichstag to Yalta, and the Nuremberg trials. Despite being hand-picked by Stalin, he was also a constant victim of state-approved anti-Semitism. In this film, he takes us into his home and opens up his entire photo library, covering some 60 years of Soviet and world history. VHS1997
FACE OF RUSSIAFAC1-3 60 min each.
  • Part I: The Face on the Firewood (FAC1)
    Reveals the spiritual ideas that have animated Russia for 1,000 years, witnesses recent restorations of churches and monasteries from Kiev to the Kremlin, and looks at icon painting, the first Russian art form.
  • Part II: The Facade of Power (FAC2)
    Examines Russian architecture, from the Eastern-inspired onion domes on churches to the Western-type palaces of unparalleled splendor. Also looks at the writings of Gogol, including Dead Souls, which still influences Russian artists today.
  • Part III: Facing the Future (FAC3)
    Explores the advance of Russian music and cinema, including the great composer Musorgsky, director Sergei Eisenstein, and looks at how new media forms are shaping Russia during its current time of change.
VHS1998
THE FACTORY OF GESTURES: BODY LANGUAGE IN FILMFACT 160 min. English and Russian versions included. Directed by Oksana Bulgakowa. As the Revolution disrupted social norms and traditions, Soviet society experienced a radical change in the gestural code: bad manners were re-evaluated as socially acceptable behavior, some gestures from private space became accepted in the public sphere, and some public gestures were transplanted to private settings. The Soviet cinema reflected and invented a new model, that of homo soveticus, a specific version of a man of modernity. DVD2008
THE FALL OF THE ROMANOV DYNASTYFAL 90 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Esther Shub. A daring and innovative document portraying the fall of the Czarist regime and the rise of Communist rule. Director Esther Shub searched all over the Soviet Union for thousands of films (including rarities from the Tsar's own cameramen) to bring to life an exciting historical drama of the events from 1912 to 1917 that shook the twentieth century. VHS1927
FAMILIES OF RUSSIAFAM2 30 min. English. Families of the World takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two Russian children and their families. VHS2002
FAULTLINES: RUSSIA: THE SEARCH FOR POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LINKSFAUL 37 min. Produced by Film for the Humanities & Sciences. It is no irony that Victor Zorkaltsev, a Communist, is also the head of the religious committee of the Russian parliament, the Duma. It is also not an accident that the Russian government paid for an extraordinary replica of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour that is maintained by local businessmen. And if more than 80 percent of Russians describe themselves as Orthodox Christians, why do only 5 percent go to church regularly? These are three of many examples in this potent program that concentrates on the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church and how its aspirations to spiritual and political power pose a threat to the fundamental freedoms of many Russians. DVD2003
FEAR AND THE MUSE: THE STORY OF ANNA AKHMATOVAFEAR 60 min. Produced by the New York Center for Visual History. The story of Anna Akhmatova is told in this documentary with astonishing images - from the thriving art scene in Imperial Russia through war, revolution and famine, into the sixties when poetry readings would fill whole stadiums. Claire Bloom reads her work, Christopher Reeve narrates, Joseph Brodsky and other poets and scholars comment. VHS1999
FINDING DZHULYNKAFIND 42 min. English. Directed by Richard Rosing. A year after Vladimir Rosing left Russia, the Russian Revolution arrived. He lost his family, his inheritance, and his country forever. He made a new life in England and America, but never forgot the people and places he loved so much. In September 2001, his American family returns to Russia on a mission of discovery looking for traces of the past Val Rosing left behind. What they find there is more than a memory—and nothing less than a miracle. Bonus features include a 22 minute educational background interview with Priscilla Roosevelt, author of “Life on the Russian Country Estate: A Social and Cultural History”, as well as a 31 minute compilation of rare historical recordings by famed Russian tenor Vladimir Rosing. DVD2004
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS: ALEXANDER BLOKALE1 25 min. The Poet of Joy, Blok employed the themes of hope and of will to overcome barriers to freedom, as he decried the working class poverty of Petersburg that surrounded him. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS: ALEXANDER PUSHKINALE2 25 min. Born into a life of ease, Pushkin gave spirited voice to calls for reform, inspired the citizenry, and incurred the wrath of the Czar. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS: ANTON CHEKHOVANT 25 min. Living in the years between the periods of great political upheaval, 1848 and 1905, Chekhov wrote about the pain, irony and curious workings of everyday Russian life. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS: BORIS PASTERNAKBOR1 25 min. A poet and novelist, the 1957 publication of Pasternak's novel Dr. Zhivago in Italy, and the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature, led to his dismissal from the Soviet Writer's Union. In 1988, his expulsion from the union was cancelled, posthumously, and the novel published in the USSR. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS: FYODOR DOSTOEVSKYFYO 25 min. Caught up in the revolutionary fervor that swept Europe in 1848, Dostoevsky gave voice to the call for political change. Arrested, he survived a sentence of death only to endure ten years of prison and military servitude, from which came the motif so prominent in his works: the delicate intertwining of good and evil. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS; LEO TOLSTOYLEO 25 min. Born into a life of wealth, Tolstoy's interest in writing flourished during his military service, where he also fell victim to a struggle that would mark the rest of his life: the conflict between the wealth he enjoyed and the poverty of the masses. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS; MAXIM GORKYMAX 25 min. Perhaps foremost amongst his peers in his avowed love for the Russian people, Gorky lived and wrote his belief that society must be motivated by active, courageous people. Arrested in the revolution of 1905, he left Russia vowing not to return until it had achieved a new constitution. As friend and confident to Lenin, he did return, triumphantly. VHS1991
FILMFAIR COMMUNICATIONS; VLADIMIR MAIAKOVSKYVLA 25 min. In 1917, Maiakovsky worked tirelessly as the revolution's premiere sloganeer. However, with the Bolsheviks in power, he devoted himself to journalism, and candid appraisals of the waste and brutality he witnessed. VHS1991
FRONTLINE: AFTER GORBACHEV'S USSRFRO 58 min. In this program, Hedrick Smith investigates what has happened to the people and institutions of the USSR since 1989. VHS1992
FRONTLINE: LOOSE NUKESFRO1 57 min. This program examines the new nuclear threat that has arisen in the post-Cold War era. Even though the fear of nuclear annihilation has diminished, hundreds of tons of nuclear material have disappeared inside the former Soviet Union to create a new danger. The program explores the perilous state of nuclear security in an area already rife with political upheaval and uncertainty. VHS1992
FRONTLINE: RETURN OF THE CZARFRO2 60 min. Almost a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is arguably more free than at any time in history. But while the West has applauded the market reforms of former President Boris Yeltsin, in Russia there has been a collapse. As career KGB officer Vladimir Putin - Yeltsin's anointed successor - is set to ascend to Russia's presidentcy, FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at what Russia has become and why. VHS1999
FRONTLINE: THE STRUGGLE FOR RUSSIAFRO3 120 min. FRONTLINE presents an in-depth look at Boris Yeltsin's presidency, exploring Russia's economic and social chaos and examining what went wrong with Yeltsin's "shock therapy" economic reforms. The program looks at the battle between Yeltsin and his political opponents and documents how the resulting power vacuum was skillfully exploited by the ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. VHS1992
THE FUTURE OF THE SOVIET UNION, SESSION 1, BLOOMINGTONFUT1 Panel discussion at IU for Indiana politicians - December 1991. VHS1991
THE FUTURE OF THE SOVIET UNION, SESSION 2, BLOOMINGTONFUT2 Panel discussion at IU for Indiana politicians - December 1991. VHS1991
THE FUTURE OF THE SOVIET UNION, SESSION 1, IUPUIFUT3 Panel discussion at IU for Indiana politicians - December 1991. VHS1991
THE FUTURE OF THE SOVIET UNION, SESSION, 2, IUPUIFUT4 Panel discussion at IU for Indiana politicians - December 1991. VHS1991
GENGHIS BLUESGEN1 80 min. Directed by Roko Belic. A wonderful musical odyssey is captured in this Oscar-nominated documentary. A short-wave radio broadcast from Moscow introduced San Francisco-based blues musician Paul Pena to the art of "throat-singing." This unusual vocal style developed in the small country of Tuva, located between Mongolia and Siberia. For Pena, who is blind, the discovery led to a new musical obsession. The film follows him as he travels to Tuva to participate in the country's major throat-singing competition, his visit creating a cultural exchange that otherwise might never have happened. Pena's battles with depression and the struggles of the Tuvan people are also detailed in this marvelous portrait of international harmony. Audience Award-winner, Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Roko and Adrian Belic. DVD1999
GLASNOST & ECOLOGYGLA 51 min. In this documentary a team of German scientists joins a team of Soviet environmentalists to assess three major sites of environmental devastation--Leningrad, Lake Baikal, and Chernobyl. From the EARTHSCOPE Series, winner of the 1991 ACE Award for "Best Educational Series." VHS, DVD1991
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 1: Against the Current & The Wood Goblin: Confessions of an Old Man() GLA1 Against the Current: 27 min. This is a film about ecological crime and how the residents of Kirishi educate themselves to the meaning of citizenship. They are called extremists and "greenies," but they continue to organize protests of a major synthetic protein plant.
The Wood Goblin: Confessions of an Old Man: 19min. For 15 years he has lived alone in the woods with a cat and two dogs. He commanded a tank company during World War II, was a local Communist party chief, and was fired after a smear campaign. He then "joined the party of the green world" which he now defends against resourceful poachers and woodcutters.
VHS 1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 2: The TempleGLA2 The Temple: 59 min. A strikingly beautiful film about the 1000th anniversary of Christianity and the role of religion in Soviet society, both past and present. VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 3: The Tailor & Early On a SundayGLA3 The Tailor: 50 min. This is a sobering look at the spiritual void and disillusionment of the current generation of middle-aged adults. They entered life with faith in their talent, in their destiny, and in love. By the dawn of the Brezhnev years they were aged before their time, having lost their preferred work and the opportunity for creative self-realization.
Early On a Sunday: 16 min. On a winter morning several old village women go to the forest to gather wood. They chop down some pine trees, build a fire, banter about life, and finally go home. Their observations evoke feelings of compassion, bursts of laughter, and respect for the dignity and patience of these women who are unaware of their own worth.
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 4: Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks & The BAM Zone: Permanent Residents GLA4 Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks: 54 min. Vladimir Shevchenko's film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. They shot continuously for more than three months. A lifeless city. Empty villages. A dead forest. Various agencies blocked its wider release. Filmgoers in the Soviet Union saw it only after the director's death.
The BAM Zone: Permanent Residents: 19 min. The Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railroad in Siberia is called the longest monument to the stagnation of the Brezhnev years. Behind the marches, songs, and delegations, equipment was breaking down, lives were broken, and souls were calloused. "The track lies there and is of no use."
VHS/DVD1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 5: Scenes at a Fountain & The LimitGLA5 Scenes at a Fountain: 28 min. The ironic title refers to powerful, rumbling column of fire -- the world's largest natural gas fire that burned over one year on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The film dramatically documents the courageous firemen who risked their lives to cap the howling 600 feet high blaze.
The Limit: 15 min. "This is a shout of horror about how the terrible catastrophe of drinking condemns a human being," said one Soviet critic. Families are divided, homes are neglected, and kids are hungry.
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 6: And the Past Seems But a Dream & Theater SquareGLA6 And the Past Seems But a Dream: 67 min. In 1937 a group of children wrote an idealistic book called We Are From Igarka. The filmmaker planned to film their touching reunion 50 years later. But another childhood was revealed quite different from the book. It's a film about the collapse of faith, first faith in God, then Stalin. It's about the slavish need for an idol and the complicated attitudes of people to Stalinism.
Theater Square: 26 min. On 1 June 1988 a hunger strike was staged in Erevan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, populated mainly by Armenians but part of the neighboring republic of Azerbaijan. The film portrays this event without any commentary or interviews.
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 7: Black Square & DialoguesGLA7 Black Square: 57 min. This tells the story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s when artists were confronted by semi-official, ideological art. It is a cinematic appreciation of works only recently allowed to be exhibited and a story about artists, many of whom were forced to leave their own country.
Dialogues: 29 min. A bacchanal of rock-jazz and a carnival of punk music erupt in an abandoned Leningrad palace. Collective singing, dancing, and playing make this group of people a community and an ensemble, not just a crowd.
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 8: This is How We Live & HomecomingGLA8 This is How We Live: 30 min. A shocking look at the alienation and moral depravity of young people. The ugliest of them are homegrown fascists who wear swastikas on their sleeves. They happily introduce us to their program for reconstructing society through sterilization and selection.
Homecoming: 17 min. Veterans of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan returned home from the battlefield with unresolved feelings about a demoralizing and unpopular war. A veteran comments in this film, "All the ones who have come back, you can see it from the look on their faces. They have anguish in their eyes. The war hurts your body, and even more your soul."
VHS 1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 9: Marshal Blucher: A Portrait Against the Background of an EpicGLA9 Marshal Blucher: A Portrait Against the Background of an Epic: 70 min. The film tries to unlock the riddle of the dramatic 1930s in the Soviet Union, studying the fate of the entire country through the biography of one hero. Marshal Vasily Konstantinovich Blucher was one of the best Red Army commanders, yet, in 1938 he was declared an "enemy of the people" and perished in Stalin's torture chambers. Rare archival footage illustrates the excesses of the Stalin era. VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 10: The Trial -- II & Adonis XIVGLA10 The Trial -- II: 55 min. This dramatically chronicles the awakening of contemporary civil identity. The word "trial" here has two meanings: the Stalinist trials of the of the 1930s and 1940s and a court of conscience, putting the epoch of the Stalin personality cult on trial. The "Testament" of Bolshevik theoretician Nikolai Bukharin, who was executed by Stalin, is revealed for the first time by his wife.
Adonis XIV: 9 min. Its horns ornamented with little bells, a "Judas" goat serenely leads a herd of sheep, cows, and horses to the slaughterhouse. Censors discovered the resemblance between reality and this documentary parable, and the film was shelved for 9 years. A director stated, "Everyone who sees this short story should look around and ask himself, 'Why did I survive?'"
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 11: Final Verdict & The Evening SacrificeGLA11 Final Verdict: 66 min. A handsome student shoots a woman and her guest. The director and killer try to understand the motive behind this tragedy. During twenty painful months alone on death row, the killer discovers he is no longer the person he once was. The film argues that the death sentence doesn't remove the guilt of the killer but puts it on us.
The Evening Sacrifice: 18 min. The director tried to capture the spirit of a crowd. "He placed the camera in the right place and turned it on at the right moment." His colleagues praise him as an underground artist.
VHS1989
THE GLASNOST FILM FESTIVAL VIDEO 12: Are you Going to the Ball? & Tomorrow is a HolidayGLA12 Are you Going to the Ball?: 29 min. What is the price young athletes pay for their fleeting celebrity? This film takes a look at one of the Soviet Union's most sacred institutions: its world famous women's gymnastic team. Featured are Olympic champions Olga Korbut and Lyudmila Turischeva.
Tomorrow is a holiday: 19 min. With indifferent and mechanical movements, women workers stuff chickens into metal containers. The workers' dorms are not homes but rather utilitarian lodgings. The women, enraged by their abnormal living conditions, "keep singing songs to avoid crying or swearing."
VHS1989
GREAT DECISIONS TELEVISION SERIES, VOL. I GRE Each program is 30 min. Russia and Its Neighbors: US Policy Choices is program #3 of 4. With William Hyland, Professor, Georgetown University and Ambassador Thomas W. Simons, Jr., Coordinator of US Assistance to the New Independent States. Also included on this cassette are The United Nations at Fifty: Reaching Out or Overreaching?; Nuclear Proliferation: Can it be Capped?; and Middle East: Lasting Steps to Peace. VHS 1995
GREAT DECISIONS 1993GRE1 30 mins. each., Includes program on the United Nations. VHS1993
GROWING OLD IN RUSSIAGRO 50 min. in Russian with English subtitles. A look at the lives of senior citizens in the Lake Baikal region of Russia, where the brutal winters tie the community close together and make sharing memories a major pastime. World War II veterans still bring out their uniforms and wear them with pride, rugged living and chores still occupy a land with limited government assistance, and vodka is in heavy use by these hardy souls. VHS2001
HARVEST OF SORROWHARV 102 min., English and Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Tony Palmer. Used in cinema, TV, and radio and including some of the most famous melodies of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s romantic, passionate music is as popular today as it has ever been. This insightful documentary, shot in Russia, Switzerland, and America, is made with the full participation of the composer’s grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff. It features Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Claudio Abbado, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and other musicians, while Rachmaninoff’s own words are spoken by Sir John Gielgud. The film offers a unique and loving insight into a world that is long gone but not forgotten.DVD1998
THE HERMITAGE: A RUSSIAN ODYSSEYHER1-3 3 videos.
  • Video 1: Catherine the Great: A Lust for Art (HER1) 54 min. English. With stunning art and dramatic readings from Catherine the Great's diaries, this intriguing program investigates a self-professed "glutton for beauty," who feasted daily on Rembrandts, Rubenses, and Brueghels.
  • Video 2: Tyrants and Heroes: The Nineteenth Century Czars (HER2) 53 min. English. Marked by dramatic contrasts, this fascinating program depicts both the wrenching violence of the 19th century and the resplendent art of Russian royalty collected during the turbulent era. Rod MacLeish puts remarkable paintings, statues, and end-of-the-century photographs in their historical contexts.
  • Video 3: From Czars to Commissars: A Museum Survives (HER3) 55 min. English. In this moving final program, vintage film illustrating the horrors of revolution and war plays counterpoint to breathtaking works by Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso.
VHS 1994
HERMITAGE MASTERPIECESHERM1-6 (Six-volume set; each 80-minute video has three parts) One of the world's greatest museums, the Hermitage, in St. Petersburg, Russia, is the home of countless masterpieces from every school of Western art, represented by Rembrandt, Raphael, da Vinci, Rubens, van Dyck, El Greco, Goya and Renoir. The museum houses Europe's largest collection of Picasso's Cubist paintings and large galleries of Matisse and Gauguin. In addition, displays of sculpture, decorative arts and the architecture of the building are on view in over 400 rooms. In this series of 18 programs, a vast selection of rarely seen treasures, fascinating narratives about the art, the artists and their times and fine classical music combine to illuminate the stunning visual images, making each program a unique and memorable experience.
  • Volume 1 (HERM1): The Museum's Majestic Architecture; Highlights of the Masterpieces; Russia in the Age of Peter the Great.
  • Volume 2 (HERM2): Decorating Arts of Italy, France and England; Art from Mesopotamia to Ancient China; the Art of Ancient Egypt.
  • Volume 3 (HERM3): The Vast Sculpture Collection; The Classical World of Greece and Rome; Art of the Middle Ages.
  • Volume 4 (HERM4): Art of the Early Renaissance; Raphael, da Vinci and the High Renaissance; Art of the Netherlands: 15th and 16th Centuries.
  • Volume 5 (HERM5): Rubens, van Dyck and the 17th Century Flemish Painters; Rembrandt and the 17th Century Dutch Painters; Velazquez, El Greco, Goya and the Spanish Masters.
  • Volume 6 (HERM6): French Classical Style of the 17th and 18th Centuries; The Road to Impressionism: 19th Century France; Modernism: Matisse, Picasso and More 20th Century Painters.
VHS1992
HIDDEN MEMORYHIDM 56 min. Eighty years ago, Soviet authorities began a systematic effort to destroy Russian religious and cultural traditions in order to secure loyalty to the state. Today, a handful of folklorists are in a race against time to uncover and preserve true Russian culture. Traveling though the countryside, often at their own expense, students and scholars are visiting elderly villagers, recording their songs, dances and stories and collecting traditional costumes. Russia: Hidden Memory takes viewers on a journey through remote areas seldom visited by outsiders. As a dedicated Russian folklorist, Galina Sysoeva teams with American folklorist, Deirdre Paulsen, to search out the few survivors who remember the "pure" rituals and celebrations that were performed for centuries and capture them for future generations. VHS1995
HISTORY'S TURNING POINTS: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONHTR After the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in March 1917, two boyhood friends fought for control of the vast Russian empire. By October, after months of civil unrest, Vladimir Lenin overthrew his arch rival Alexander Kerensky and created a one-party dictatorship of the proletariat. A 70 year experiment with communism began that would embrace every aspect of Russian life. VHS  
HOMAGE TO CHAGALLHOM Canadian, 90 min., in English. A study of the life and works of the great Russian artist, superbly filmed in color, and with narration by James Mason. Included is rare footage of Chagall and Madame Chagall. VHS1977
THE HUNT FOR THE TRUE OCTOBER: THE REAL RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONHUN4 26 min. In this program, Cambridge University's Orlando Figes and St. Petersburg Herzen University's Vitaly Startsev investigate the circumstances of the October Revolution, exploding the popular myths reinforced by Sergei Eisenstein's film October. The film also explores the "what-ifs" that could have led to democracy in Russia instead of dictatorship. VHS1999
I'M +IPL*30 min. I’m+, created by Mihail Grishin and Pavel Loparev, is a teaching film targeted to men and women who have been recently diagnosed as HIV positive. The documentary was created with the support of the Chelyabinsk “Take Care” charitable foundation and financed by the Russian Health Care Foundation and F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd (Moscow).DVD2009
IF THE PEOPLE WILL LEADIF 58 min. A lively exploration of the evolution of freedom in the former Soviet Union, and especially of the critical role played by the media. Leading Soviet print and television journalists describe their first steps to freedom and their later battles against renewed censorship prior to and during the 1991 coup. VHS1992
IMMORTAL FORTRESSIMMO 52 min. In English and Russian (with English subtitles). Bloodied and demoralized, Russian units withdrew from Chechnya in September 1996 a year and a half after it bludgeoned its way into the Chechen capital of Grozny. But the war is far from over. In fact, Chechnya's continuing conflict with Russia is a story that spans centuries. Award winning Immortal Fortress and its producer/director Dodge Billingsley take the viewer on a dangerous behind-the-scenes journey into Chechnya, exploring the tiny mountain republic's war driven culture while searching for its most popular modern day warrior, Shamil Basayev. After centuries of blood feuds, battle traditions, and resistance to all foreign occupiers, the warrior cult defines Chechen society. Every Chechen man is first a warrior, then a farmer, baker or oil worker. Shamil Basayev personifies this warrior spirit. To Russia and the West he is considered a terrorist, but in Chechnyava hero. His battlefield exploits have become legendary. The surprise attack on the Russian city Budyonnovsk in 1995 and the invasion of western Dagestan in 1999 have brought him international attention. Immortal Fortress is a riveting look behind the scenes of one of the work's most controversial men, and answers the broader question of why Shamil Basayev and thousands of other Chechens fight. VHS1999
IN THE NAME OF LOVE: MODERN DAY MAIL ORDER BRIDESNMAI 58 min. By Shannon O'Rourke. What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, documentary film In the Name of Love explores the financial pros and cons of exporting one's heart. The film grapples with the tremendous economic challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today. The film is told from the point of view of five Russian women, four of them single mothers, who struggle for dignity as they endure male chauvinism, poverty and culture shock all while searching for love. VHS2002
INSIDE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: ECONOMIES IN TRANSITIONINS 60 min. Produced by Annenberg/CPB, this video is a part of their series examining the global economy, offering a balanced view of how the world's economic picture has developed and what the futrue might hold. Economies in Transition examines the transformation of the former Communist countries into free-market economies. VHS1994
INSIDE GORBACHEV'S USSR SERIESINS1-4 4 videotapes, 58 min. each.
  • Part I: The Taste of Democracy (INS1)
    From emotion-charged sessions at the Congress to defiant meetings of neighborhood councils, ordinary citizens are confronting powerful institutions in ways novel to Soviet society.
  • Part II: Comfortable Lies, Bitter Truths (INS2)
    Gorbachev fights a powerful bureaucracy as he tries to replace party slogans with fresh thinking. Teachers and media, enjoying a new freedom of the press, expose historical lies in an effort to stimulate independent thought; hard-liners resist change.
  • Part III: Looking for Perestroika (INS3)
    Plans for economic reform are stymied by fear of taking risks or losing power. Visits a coal mine, a state farm, a private enterprise, and the economic ministry in the Kremlin. How restructuring has affected the standard of living and new private business.
  • Part IV: Coming Apart (INS4)
    A resurgence of religious movements, ethnic rivalries, and demands for independence are bringing the USSR to the verge of implosion. Focuses on Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Lithuania.
VHS 1990
INSIDE THE SOVIET UNIONINS5-13 This rich series is being made available through a special arrangement with the Society for Cultural Relations, US/USSR. Made during the years that the Iron Curtain was most impenetrable, these films provide a real and rare opportunity to explore the mindset of the Soviet people at a time when speech, thought, and lifestyles were systematized and controlled. These are propaganda films in a pure and tragic sense; they promote and inspire belief in a system that ultimately could not work.
  • LENIN AND THE BOLSHEVIKS (INS5): 60 min. Two profiles of the revolutionary leader and hero of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
  • SOVIET WAR STORIES FROM WW II (INS6): 115 min. Four short programs that explore mixed memories of WW II, from a variety of Soviet perspectives.
  • OUR SOVIET ALLIES/WW II (INS7): 50 min. Four historical programs combine authentic WW II footage with recollections of misty-eyed veterans to document the great Soviet victories of WW II.
  • NAZI WAR CRIMES: BABI-YAR (INS8): 50 min. Babi-Yar was occupied by the Nazis in 1941 and used for extermination. Graphic film and testimonies of escaped victims are incorporated.
  • OPIATES OF THE MASSES--RELIGION IN THE USSR (INS9): 105 min. The battle between church and state was never more profound in the Soviet block.
  • FUN IN THE USSR (INS10): 95 min. A collection of five short, whimsical and bizarre films of how the Soviets spend their weekends and vacations.
  • THEATER OF THE IRON CURTAIN (INS11): 55 min. Film provides a behind-the-scenes look at legitimate theater in the Soviet Union.
  • SOVIET BEDTIME STORIES: FILMS FOR CHILDREN (INS12): 60 min. Some of the best Soviet films for children are represented in this collection.
  • THE PARTY LINE ON SOVIET JEWRY (INS13): 50 min. This controversial documentary is intended to explain the Soviet position on Soviet Jews to the outside world. This state-oriented propaganda has biographies on successful Soviet Jews, including a doctor, an engineer and a group of uncensored Jewish poets and writers. The Soviet government warns of the temptation to flee to Israel, but insists that Russia is the "true" homeland.
VHS1990
INTERPRETATION OF DREAMSINT 50 min., Russian with English subtitles. Twentieth-century Russia is the less than willing subject of this close psychoanalytic interpretation, inspired by Freud's book of the same name. Archival and newsreel footage, together with commentary employing the psychoanalytic method, offer great insights which clarify such cataclysmic events and the rise of Stalin and the Cold War. VHS1994
INTERVIEWS FROM RUSSIAINT2 90 min. Russians speak about new poverty, new problems, and new opportunities. Some are successful businessmen and businesswomen, others feel they're victims of the new Russia. A film by Slawomir Grunberg, Slava Paperno and Viktoria Tsimberov, distributed by Lexicon Bridge Publishers and designed to aid in the teaching of Russian language. In Russian, no subtitles. DVD2002
AN INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN LITERATUREINT1 56 min. This video examines Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the present through the eyes of some of its major writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pasternak, Blok, Akhmatova, and Solzhenitsyn. VHS1975
ISLAMIC RESURGENCE AND HOLY WAR: THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AND INDONESIAISL 52 min., In English. Over the last decade, Islam has swiftly grown in popularity so much so that today one in every five people on Earth is a follower of Mohammed. But with this resurgence has come an increase in friction between Muslims and non-Muslims. Segment one of this program focuses on four divinity school students from Tatarstan who dropped out to join the jihad in Chechnya, while segment two tracks the efforts of President Abdurrahman Wahid to make peace between rioting Muslims and Christians on the Indonesian island of Ambon. DVD2003
ISLAM, ASIA, AND MODERNITYISLI1 - ISLI6 In English. A three-day conference to explore the changing politics, practices, and representations of Islam in Asia; how these changes are studied, documented, taught, and represented in the academy and the media; and how these practices affect politics society, and culture in Muslims Asia.
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 1 (ISLI1) Islam, Asia and Modernity
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 2 (ISLI2) Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Asian Muslim Societies
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 3 (ISLI3) Islamic Arts and National Culture
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 4 (ISLI4) The Crisis of Masculine Identities in Post Soviet & Post 9-11
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 5 (ISLI5) Education and Islamic Legal Subjects in Asia
  • Islam, Asia and Modernity 6 (ISLI6) Closing Comments: Asian Islam and the Politics of Knowledge
DVD2005
IVAN THE TERRIBLEIVA6 50 min. Produced by the BBC. His name conjures images of senseless brutality, yet in Russia, Ivan the Terrible is considered by many a national hero, even a man of God. Filmed entirely on location, this documentary presents a thorough biography of Russia's despot of contradictions. Also highlighted is how Stalin admired Ivan and saw in him a role model and useful symbol of the state. The program offers readings of Ivan's diary and letters, interviews with leading scholars, and extensive footage from Sergei Eisenstein's classic film-personally commissioned by Stalin-about Russia's first Czar. The Oprichniki, the dreaded brotherhood sworn to protecting Ivan, are seen as a precursor to Stalin's secret police. DVD1999
IVAN THE TERRIBLE: A&E'S BIOGRAPHYIVA5 50 min. A&E's Biography explores this fascinating, vital-if violent-ruler who shaped the destiny of a nation. Best remembered for his ruthless and wanton brutality, this first Russian tsar dragged his nation out of the Dark Ages, expanded borders and founded a regime that lasted until the February Revolution of 1917-more than three centuries later. VHS1998
I WAS STALIN'S BODYGUARDIWAS 73 min., English subtitles. Directed by Semeon Aranovitch. Having found the last surviving personal bodyguard of Josef Stalin, who had begun working for the leader in the 1930's, Aranovitch weaves together unprecedented, first-hand testimony with rare film footage, including Stalin's home movies. VHS, DVD1990
THE KING AND THE FOOLKING1 Directed by Yossi Turisky. The Yiddish Theater in Moscow blossomed during the cultural renaissance that followed the Russian Revolution. Two of the moving forces behind the theater were Solomon Mikhoels and Benjamin Zuskin, two multi-talented artists. Affectionately called "the king and the fool," roles they played in their Yiddish language performance of King Lear, these two worked together to help forge one of the great theater troupes of all time. Following World War II, when Stalin took aim at one creative Jewish talent after another, each was targeted for execution. The actors' dramatic story is forcefully told by those who knew them best. The video includes excerpts from films and plays, including Yidishe Glikn (Jewish Luck) and King Lear, in which each performed. VHS1990
LAST OF THE CZARSLAS 150 min. This documentary explores the life and times of Czar Nicholas II and his family. "Last of the Czars" includes rare, never-before-seen film footage, actual letters, czarist-era survivor interviews, photos and other rare items. The video provides viewers with a finely-detailed look at Russia's most dramatic era. VHS1996
LAST OF THE CZARS: DEATH OF THE DYNASTYLASD 47 min. Decades of social unrest coupled with the privations of Word War I brought Russia to revolution; yielding to the people's will, Czar Nicholas II abdicated the throne. This finely crafted program presents the final years of the Romanovs, from the outbreak of revolt and the return of Lenin to their brutal execution, the culmination of the Bolshevik leader's lifelong plan of revenge. The program uses an incredible array of rare film footage, diaries, letters, and interviews with survivors of the era, to include Prince Nicholas Romanov, the present head of the family. DNA evidence is also examined, proving finally the identities of the Romanov remains. A Discovery Channel Production. VHS2002
LAST OF THE CZARS: NICKY AND ALIXLASN 47 min. What this intimate portrait makes apparent is that Czar Nicholas II and his wife remained lovers and devoted parents; shy, kindly, and dangerously naïve, they retreated from the empire's realities to the safety of a close-knit family. The program looks at the courtship and early years of "Nicky and Alix"-Nicholas, heir to the Russian throne, and Alexandra, granddaughter of England's Queen Victoria. This period sees the birth of their four daughters and son, Alexei. Rare films of the era include footage of Nicholas II's coronation over 100 years ago. Interviews, photos, and letters from the Romanov Archive in Moscow enhance the narrative. A Discovery Channel Production. VHS2002
LAST OF THE CZARS: THE SHADOW OF RASPUTINLASS 47 min. After four daughters, Czar Nicholas II and Alexandra finally had a son, the long-awaited heir to the Russian throne; what they kept secret was that Alexei was born with hemophilia. As this program shows, the royal couple's desperation to save their son led them to put their total trust, politically as well as medically, in reputed mystic Gregory Rasputin. With World War I raging and Alexandra thought to be a German spy by the Russian people, the Czar's reputation was further damaged by the rumors surrounding Rasputin. Firsthand accounts, diary entries, rare footage, and some of the Czar's own photographs bring to life this strange chapter in the Romanov saga. A Discovery Channel Production. VHS2002
'CHAYIM, COMRADE STALIN!LCH 90 min. Russian & English w/ English subtitles. Directed by Yale Strom. This video traces the history of Birobidzhan, the capital of the Soviet Union's Jewish Autonomous Region, from 1928 to the present. Heeding the slogan "To a Jewish land,"·Jews from the U.S.S.R. as well as Canada, the U.S., Poland, France and Argentina, among other countries, made the arduous trek, by boat and train, to Siberia. The region, rife with disease and deprivation, was a crushing disappointment to these first pioneers. In subsequent years, despite encouragement from organizations such as AMBIJAN and IKOR, Jewish immigration steadily declined.
In March 2000, American filmmaker Yale Strom flew to Moscow to begin a seven-day trip, via the Trans-Siberian Railroad, to Birobidzhan. Accompanying him was interpreter-bodyguard (and former KGB agent) Slava Andreovich, grandson of Mikhail Kalenin, first president of the U.S.S.R. and architect of the Jewish Autonomous Region. Fascinating footage from Russian archives and scenes from the Soviet propaganda film, Seekers of Happiness, are woven into the journey. In Birobidzhan, his interviews with early Jewish pioneers of the J.A.R. and young proponents of the revival of Yiddish culture, paint a vivid portrait of contemporary Jewish life in Russia--a compelling tale of the perseverance of Jews and their Yiddish culture in the face of forced migration, anti-Semitism, and great privations--as well as the circumstances surrounding this unique chapter in Soviet, and world, history.
VHS 2001
LENIN AND HIS LEGACYLEN 30 min. This program traces the life and legacy of Lenin. Using documentary footage dating back to 1896, the program shows pre-revolutionary Russia, the Revolution, and the events after Lenin's death: the treason trials of the 30s, the war, the death of Stalin and many of his successors, Gorbachev's call for reforms, the shifts in domestic and foreign policy. VHS1993
LENIN.LIVELEN*39 min. Lenin. Live is a documentary comedy directed by Pavel Loparev. The life of the main character, a Lenin look-alike, is being filmed and staged. The only role he has performed for the last 15 years was the one of Lenin. He has played the part for so long and so well that the boundaries between the artistic role and self begin to vanish, making it hard to understand the personality under the mask.DVD2009
HEROES & TYRANTS OF THE 20th CENTURY: LENINLEI 40 min. English. Heroes and Tyrants vividly recreates the path to glory of this inspiring leader who led the Bolshevik Revolution to become the founder of the Russian Communist Party and the first head of the Soviet state. The compelling close-up reveals a ravaged and chaotic Russia and the fiery speeches of a man who led his nation to become the dominant power it is today. Heroes and Tyrants leaves you with a Lenin you have never seen before. VHS2001
LEO TOLSTOYLEO1 103 min. English subtitles. This film traces the turbulent life of Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, from childhood through his stormy marriage and up to his death. VHS1984
GREAT RUSSIAN WRITERS: LEO TOLSTOYLEO2 30 min. English. This biography presents a revealing look into the events, people, and places that influenced the creation of the author’s major works, and tells the story of the impact that Russia had on the history of western literature. Filmed on location in Russia. DVD2007
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOSEF STALINLIF 58 min. This is the documentary story of the man who subverted the Russian Revolution. Suppressing Lenin's dying wish that Stalin be replaced, he became Lenin's heir. The program follows the struggles and betrayals of the 20's, the atrocities of the 30's, the carnage of the war, the sleight of hand by which Stalin imposed his conditions on Roosevelt and Churchill, and the end of this demented man. VHS1993
LIFE ON THE ATOMIC RIVERLIF3 60 min. Contains 200 interviews with Russian doctors, teachers, farmers, and children who live in the most irradiated spot on Earth. A film by Slawomir Grunberg and Slava Paperno, distributed by Lexicon Bridge Publishers and designed to aid in the teaching of Russian language. In Russian, no subtitles. DVD2002
THE LIGHT THAT FAILED; MACNEIL LEHRER NEWSHOURLIG 85 min. George Kenan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Conquest and other experts discuss how and why communism failed in the Soviet Union. In a series of interviews, they examine the past role of communism, the events and ideas that lead to its collapse, and the current economical and political climates in the Soviet Union; in particular, war-torn Yugoslavia. VHS, DVD1992
THE LOSS OF AN ENEMYLOS 28 min. This program looks back at the origins of the Cold War and what its end means to our country. Extensive use of archival footage illustrates the major milestones of the era. Includes commentary by Hedrick Smith, Strobe Talbott, and Alexei Arbatov. Aired on public television. VHS1992
THE MAGIC OF THE BOLSHOI BALLET MAG 60 min. This rare collection of the most historic performances by the leading dancers of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Company features highlights from favorite ballets as they were performed from the 1930's to the present. VHS 1987
MAN AND MUSIC SERIES MAN2 - MAN4
  • RUSSIA UNDER THE TSARS: THE SEARCH FOR A VOICE (MAN2): 53 min. The Russian-ness of Russian music derives from the folk song and the music of the Orthodox Church: the characteristic modes, the sounds of bells, the unison a cappella voices of the Russian liturgy-sources not mined until Glinka laid down the foundations of a Russian school of music, almost single-handedly. The program traces the cultural history of Russia from the 17th century, covering the cultural role the tsars, the building of St. Petersburg, the enthusiasm for France cut short by the Napoleonic invasion, the role of Pushkin and, above all, of Glinka. This program includes sections of Glinka's A Life for the Tsar, Kamarinskaya, Cherubimskaya; and the so-called Rostov Action.
  • RUSSIA UNDER THE TSARS: MUSIC FOR A NATION (MAN 3): 53 min. "The Search for a Voice" covered the origins of Russian music and proceeded through the work of Glinka; this program begins in 1881, the year in which Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto premiered. The program covers the introduction of the Mighty Fistful, and focuses on the life and works of Tchaikovsky. Includes sections of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, First String Quartet, Eugene Onegin, Swan Lake, the Symphonie Pathetique; Balakirev's "Islamei"; Borodin's "In Central Asia", Second String Quartet; and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
  • RUSSIA UNDER THE TSARS: MUSIC FOR THE WORLD (MAN4): 53 min. The musical era that began at the turn of the 20th century was filled with turbulent change: virtuoso performers like Scriabin and Heifetz emerged from the conservatories, and one world-class composer followed another. In many ways, the Composer's Corner of Leningrad's Lavra Cemetery sums up the story of Russian music, but Rachmaninov and Stravinsky lived abroad, showing that Russian music had entered the Western world on its own terms. Stravinsky and Schoenberg turned out to be the giants of their time, pushing music towards further and further limits. Musical contents include sections of Rachmaninov: Second Piano Concerto; Scriabin: "Poème de l'extase"; Stravinsky: "Petrushka"; Prokofiev: First Piano Concerto.
VHS 1989
MARINA TSVETAYEVAMAR1 56 min. This docudrama includes archival footage of the times and places that provided the backdrop of Tsvetayeva's life. It also presents readings in Russian and English of her poems, diaries and letters as well as dramatized scenes and interviews with key writers, biographers, and translations of her work. VHS1994
MASTERPIECES OF THE HERMITAGE MAS1 - MAS2 Series of 30 minute programs.
  • The Museum's Majestic Architecture (MAS1): A walk-through tour of the Hermitage museum, paying attention to the architecture of the palaces and to the history of the Emperors living in them.
  • Russia in the Age of Peter the Great (MAS2): A view of seventeenth century St. Petersburg, as it looked before Peter began the process of transformation from swampland into an urban center dominated by European architecture.
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MAXIM GORKY (1868-1936)MAX1 30 min. Maxim Gorky, novelist, playright and essayist, was the founder of Socialist Realism. Although known principally as a writer, he was also a prominent figure in the Russian Revolution. The life of Gorky is brought to life in this informative documentary. VHS1998
MICHAEL AND SVETLANAMIC4 90 min. He knew no Russian, and she knew no English. They met through a newspaper ad and decided to get married. A film by Slawomir Grunberg and Slava Paperno, distributed by Lexicon Bridge Publishers and designed to aid in the teaching of Russian language. In Russian, no subtitles. VHS2002
THE MIGHTY FISTFULMIG 60 min. Until the 19th century, fashionable Russian audiences preferred Western music. Then came Glinka, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky. The program covers the distance from folk tradition to the founding of the Russian style of music by Glinka. Performers include James Galway, Sosipov's Balalaika Orchestra, and the Kirov, Bolshoi and Royal Ballets. Included are excerpts from Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture; Tcheshnikov's Let Us Give Prayer; Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Coronation Scene; Borodin's Quartet No. 2 in D Major; Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, A Bride to the Czar; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Swan Lake, Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique); Scriabin's Prometheus; Stravinsky's The Firebird. VHS1990
MODERN RUSSIAN CULTUREMOD1 - MOD5, MODR An audio-visual, multi-disciplinary course of lectures on modern Russian culture with high quality photographic images, CD-quality music and narration, and hypertext-linked notes. Each lecture offers 25 to 30 images with informational captions and a note which is intended to be both specific (what the work of art or architecture is) and elaborative (what the work's significance or historical-cultural context are). All texts are in English, with Russian equivalents provided for the names of monuments and buildings, titles of paintings, and names of the artists and architects. From Lexicon Bridge Publishers.
  • Moscow (MOD1)
  • Petersburg (MOD2)
  • Russia in Art (MOD4)
  • Russian in Transition (MOD5)
  • Reference Disc (MODR
DVD2004
MODEST MUSSORGSKYMOD 78 min. This program, filmed entirely on location in Russia on the 150th anniversary of his birth, aims to discover the true Mussorgsky and reveal the radicalism of the man and his music. Music in the program is performed by some of Russia's greatest talents: the conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, the pianists Nicolai Petrov and Viktoria Postnikova, the soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre and Tallin State Opera, Estonia. VHS1993
MONSTER: A PORTRAIT OF STALIN IN BLOODMON1 - MON6 This six tape series, produced by Alexandre Ivankin at Contact Studio, Moscow, uses never before released films from the Russian archives and personal interviews to tell the true story of the annihilation of approximately 40 million Russians by Stalin.
  • Episode 1: Stalin and Mind Control (MON1) 46 min. Stalin anticipates Germany's Joseph Goebbels in his marshalling of Soviet media to manipulate the minds of his population. All organs of communication are taken under Stalin's control, including painting, sculpture, poetry, theater, cinema and architecture--even opera and ballet.
  • Episode 2: Stalin's Secret Police (MON2) 46 min. Stalin's rise to power is attributed largely to his control of the vast secret police complex, known first as the Cheka and eventually as the KGB. At Stalin's direction the secret police becomes the bludgeon with which Stalin enforces his political and personal will, liquidating party rivals, purging the Red Army, and creating in his "gulags" the largest slave labor force since the Pharaohs.
  • Episode 3: Stalin and the War (MON3) 46 min. Prior to the start of WWII, Stalin signs a nonaggression pact with Hitler, hoping to buy time and build up his armed forces. His plan backfires when Hitler launches surprise attack "Barbarossa" against the Soviet Union, and his panzers sweep to within 10 kilometers of Moscow. When Stalin issues disastrous orders, the Soviet people, with enormous effort and sacrifice, beat back the German Wehrmacht, and in spite of Stalin's blundering win a great victory.
  • Episode 4: The Private Life of Joseph Stalin (MON4) 46 min. Stalin is born of doubtful parenthood and grows up a Marxist and a revolutionary, organizing riots and robbing banks to fund party activities. While Stalin is twice-married, both wives die suspicious deaths, the first of "typhoid" after being kicked in the stomach while pregnant, and the second of "appendicitis" after committing suicide. Stalin then systematically murders or imprisons his many inlaws. Witnesses of these events furnish the horrid details.
  • Episode 5: Stalin's Enslavement of Rural Russia (MON5) 46 min. Russia's 40 million farmers resist Stalin's attempt to seize their lands and to collectivize Soviet farming. The result is a virtual war that lasts for years and results in the deaths of 20 million farmers and their families through execution, deliberate starvation and death in the labor camps.
  • Episode 6: Stalin...The Last Empire (MON6) 46 min. Stalin is largely responsible for subverting the idealism of the Bolshevik Revolution, which preached a peoples' democracy to a power-hungry system of elitism which ignores the peoples' needs and rewards only the party aristocracy. "Stalinism" does not die with him in 1953 but remains a political legacy that is finally toppled by a determined Soviet people in August 1991.
VHS1992
MOSCOW AND LENINGRAD: THE CROWN JEWELS OF RUSSIAMOS2 50 min. The history and culture of Russia are revealed in this program as viewers tour the Kremlin and Lenin's tomb, watch the pageantry of Red Square, see St. Basil's Cathedral, and enjoy the Bolshoi Theater and the Moscow Circus. Then, in Leningrad, viewers visit the Winter Palace, the Alexander Column, and the extravagant Palace of Petrodvorets. VHS1990
MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES ON HIV PREVENTIONHIV*30 min. An instructional interactive video on the HIV and AIDS, containing useful information on the definitions and distinctions between HIV and AIDS, the pathophysiology of the virus, risks and prophylaxis, as well as modes of treatment. The DVD provides basic terminology and discusses key aspects HIV and AIDS, especially focusing on ways of prevention and prophylaxis of HIV infection.
THE NEW RUSSIANEW1 - NEW5 20 min each. This series brings to life the scale and diversity of Russia, using spectacular views from space and three dimensional graphics.
  • Volume 1: The Moscow Region (NEW1) This program examines the role of Moscow, the largest population center in Russia, as the center of urban and economic development in the new Russia. In addition to looking at Moscow's role as the seat of government, the program visits several local businesses (DVD also available).
  • Volume 2: The Kuzbass. (NEW2) The Kuzbass, a region deep in the frozen region Siberia, is the heart of Russia's heavy industry. This program examines the town of Novokuznets, its old Stalinist center of town, its high rise suburbs and its local residents (DVD also available).
  • Volume 3: The Volga River (NEW3) This program examines many of the characteristics of the Volga River, from the reservoirs formed by a series of huge hydroelectric dams to the concentration of heavy industry on the river and the resulting pollution. The impact of industrial contaminants on the local population, economy and ecology is also examined.(Missing)
  • Volume 4: The Steppes of North Caucasus (NEW4) This program joins a small group of farmers for the wheat harvest on the vast plains of the Russian Steppes. The video explores the impact of farming methods and on the way of life for Russian farmers, as the giant collective farms of the Soviet era have given way to farmers who now own their own land.
  • Volume 5: Norilsk: Life in the Arctic (NEW5) This program explores the extraordinary city of Norilsk, located above the Arctic Circle and is the home of more than 200,000 people. The video examines how the exploitation of the regions rich mineral wealth by open cast mining and other destructive methods have affected the delicate ecology. The lives of the nomadic native people are also discussed (DVD also available).
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NAMEDNI 1961-2003NAM1 - NAM6 Leonid Parfenov hosts NTV's encyclopedic view of recent Russian history from Khrushchev through the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of an soft authoritarian state. As Parfenov says at the beginning of each episode, it's the story of "events, people, and styles that defined our way of life – things that we find impossible to forget but even harder to understand." Originally meant to cover the last forty years of Soviet power, the popular TV series eventually expanded into the twenty-first century. In each hour-long episode, Parfenov hits the major happenings of the year in question, from politics, culture, and sports to Russia's sub rosa lifestyles. VHS 
THE NEW RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONNEW6 47 min. Made by CNN, this video document focuses on the failed 1991 hardline coup in the Soviet Union that temporarily imprisoned President Mikhail Gorbachev and thrust Boris Yeltsin into the world spotlight. VHS1991
THE OCTOBER 1917 REVOLUTION & AFTEROCT1 26 min. This documentary traces the defeat of Russian forces in WWI, the overthrow of Nicholas and the Czarist family, and the rise to power of the Communists. Drawn from Russian and Western newsreel footage and from Soviet propaganda films that dramatized some events of the Revolution, this video also shows the effects of the Revolution in Western Europe. VHS1993
OLE LUKKOYE. FAIRY TALES. OLE*100 min. A collection of 19 music videos performed by the group Ole Lukkoye. The “Fairy Tales” collection includes all the music videos of the band as well as videos of live performances and recordings.DVD-PAL2010
ON THE MOST IMPORTANT: A RUSSIAN TALK SHOW ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESSHEAL*100 min. Russian without subtitles. A collection of episodes of a popular Russian talk show about health and wellness, discussing various issues including obesity, stress, emotional health etc.DVD-PAL2010
OUT OF THE PRESENTOUT 95 min. in Russian with English subtitles, directed by Andrei Ujica. Man's place in the universe has never been contemplated quite the way it is in this singular documentary. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev's ten months on board the Mir space station are captured in footage shot during his record-breaking visit to the heavens, which is contrasted with images of the collapse of the Soviet Union from 1991 to 1992. While Krikalev was away from Earth, the empire that sent him to space ceased to exist, his hometown of Leningrad became St. Petersburg, and the nature of global affairs underwent massive change. "Yet, the extraterrestrial shots and scenes have the effect of somehow dwarfing and distancing these historic events, however momentous. Galaxies, like grains of sand, spread across the sky, and even the epochal sights of the collapse of the Soviet state shrivel in comparison" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). DVD1996
THE PARKS AND PLACES OF RUSSIAN TSARS: PETERHOF, TSARSKOE SELO, PAVLOVSK PET3 30 mins. Russian with English subtitles. This video is a remarkable synthesis of Russian history and architecture. It shows captivating beauty of suburbs of St. Petersburg with their magnificent palaces-residences of Russian Tsars. The video is a part of video series “The Parks and Palaces of Russian Tzars,” Peterhof,” “Tsarskoe Selo,” “Pavlovsk,” “Gatchina,” and “Lomonosov.” VHS2005
PAUL MCCARTNEY IN RED SQUAREPAUL 160 mins. Produced and directed by Mark Haefeli. Though the Beatles were banned from Russia in the 1960s, their music offered hope and inspiration to an entire nation for years. Finally, on May 24, 2003, Paul McCartney satisfied decades of anticipation with his first-ever concert in Russia, wowing a crowd of over 100,000 people in Moscow's Red Square. This disc features live performances of over 30 songs as well as the bonus concert Paul McCartney: Live in St. Petersburg. DVD2005
PEOPLE'S CENTURY: PART 1PEO 55 min. Episode 3: 1917 Red Flag. As Communism is put into practice, the Russian people live through the greatest social experiment the world has ever seen. Communist Party members and activists from the era are interviewed, including Ana Bukharina, the late widow of Nikolai Bukharin. VHS1998
PEOPLE'S GALA CONCERTGAL 143 min. Russian with English subtitles. A landmark documentary; Semeon Aranovitch explores the roots of Russian anti-Semitism during Stalin's final years, set around the murder of the brilliant actor Solomon Mikhoels and the case of a group of Russian doctors charged with attempting to poison Stalin. Aranovitch draws on rare archival footage and interviews with survivors and their descendants to relate this untold history. VHS1991
THE PERSONAL FILE OF ANNA AKHMATOVAPER 65 min. Russian with English subtitles. Semeon Aranovitch. A moving portrait of the extraordinary Soviet poet, Anna Akhmatova. Although her work was banned and went unpublished for 17 years, her poem "Requiem" became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin. This unique film, which uses Akhmatova's diaries for text, also includes portraits of Akhmatova's friends and contemporaries--Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikhail Sostchenko. VHS, DVD1989
POISONED BY POLONIUM: THE LITVINENKO FILEPBP 105 min. "If anything should happen to me, I beg you to show this tape to the whole world." On November 23rd, 2006, these words, spoken on camera by exiled former KGB and FSB (post communist Russia's dreaded new secret police) agent Alexander Sasha Litvinenko, became a gruesome self-fulfilling prophecy. After an agonizingly painful ordeal, Litvinenko succumbed to radiation poisoning from a lethal dose of toxic Polonium-210, surreptitiously slipped into his tea during a London meeting with two FSB ex-colleagues three weeks earlier.
In Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File (Formerly Known As REBELLION), filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov exposes the truth behind a crime that shocked the world and provoked a war of words between Russia and England that continues to this day. A "first-rate investigative documentary" ( NY Newsday) combining "an impressive array of film clips and extended interviews with Mr. Litvinenko" (New York Times), Poisoned By Polonium: The Litvinenko File is both a nuanced documentary requiem for a friend and a searing personal indictment of Vladimir Putin's de facto dictatorship and Russia's hidden history of tyrannical secret police repression going all the way back to the Tsars.
DVD EXTRAS: Recent interview with Marina Litvinenko and the co-author of her book on him, expert Alex Goldfarb. In English. The documentary film DISBELIEF, directed by Andrei Nerkasov and based on Litvinenko's book BLOWING UP RUSSIA. Premiered at Sundance 2004. In Russian with English subtitles. 14 min documentary, THE HERO OF OUR TIME, directed by Andrei Nekrasov. Its about the POLONIUM protagonist M. Trepashkin. In original Russian with English subtitles.
DVD2007
POST-SOVIET RUSSIA: PROMISES DEFERREDPOS 55 min. This program examines how the Russian city of Gorky has adapted to a free-enterprise system. We see public reaction to the auction of government property, and the opening of private markets. Class divisions became apparent in interviews with the Russian nouveau riche, the Mafia, and average citizens. Ordinary people, tired of waiting for economic benefits promised through privatization, support Communist political candidates who promise renewed state control and a return to traditional Russian values. The city is shown as being torn apart by violent tensions and antagonisms that exist between the advocates of reform and Neo-Communists. VHS1997
POWER OF PLACE: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY: RUSSIA'S FRACTURING FEDERATION POW7 - POW8, POW-NEW
  • Facing Ethnic and Environmental Diversity (POW7): 30 min. Case studies include the question of independence in the ethnically mixed Republic of Dagestan in the face of the current devolutionary process and the uncertainties of a harsh climate and poor infrastructure in the Russian countryside around Volgoda. Status: Missing
  • Central and Remote Economic Development (POW8): 30 min. Case studies include the effects of the shift to a market economy on real estate values in St. Petersburg and the difficulties of industrial production in Bratsk, Siberia. Status: Missing
  • Geography for the 21st Century (POW-NEW): (2003), Case studies include the "Northwest Contrast" and "Holding the Hinterlands" (DVD also available).
VHS1996
PUTIN: A BITTER DECISIONPUT2 49 min. in English. In the mind of Vladimir Putin, 9/11/01 marked the day that triggered a chain of events that ended with Russia's acceptance into the ranks of the West-but at a terrible cost to national pride and the balance of nuclear power. This program narrates the circumstances leading to President Putin's bitter decision to trade U.S. approval of the war in Chechnya for what has proved to be a diminished role in world politics. Footage of Putin, George W. Bush, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo, and Djuma Namagani, military commander of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, is featured, along with gripping images of New York's Ground Zero and Central Asian Islamist extremists in action. DVD 
PUTIN: STAIRWAY TO POWERPUT1 49 min. in English. This program tracks the career of Vladimir Putin from KGB spymaster for the USSR to president of the Russian Federation. Footage of landmark events-the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election and re-election of Boris Yeltsin, the war against Chechnya, terrorist attacks on Moscow-are featured, as well as archival interviews with former Stasi official Horst Jemlich, former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, oligarchs Boris Berezovsky and Vladimir Gusinsky, al Qaeda-trained Chechen army commander Omar ibn al-Khattab, the IMF's Michel Camdessus, former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, and Putin himself. DVD 
RED DAWN RED8 20 min. Red Dawn focuses on the period beginning with the abdication of Tsar Nicholas in February, 1917 and ending with the Bolshevik seizure of power in October, 1917. "Red Dawn" outlines the ineffective policies of Nicholas, the events of the February Revolution, the rise of Bolshevism based upon united leadership and utopian promises, as well as the reality of destitution, starvation, and homelessness. VHS 
RED EMPIRE RED1 - RED7 54 min. each. Series presented by Dr. Robert Conquest.
  • Volume 1: Revolutionaries (RED1): Nicholas and Alexandra rule a massive empire, one sixth the world's land mass, 150 million people of 100 different nationalities. Life is hard and the workers discontent. Moisei Muravnik, now 99 years old, recalls the Siberian goldfields strike of 1912 that ignites the workers' movement.
  • Volume 2: Winners and Losers (RED2): War with Germany leads to civil war in Russia. Among the first casualties are the Tsar and his family. As the Reds and the Whites fight for control of the empire, those who suffer most are the people, victims of battle and famine. The Communist Party, under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky, gains control.
  • Volume 3: Class Warriors (RED3): Communism continues to draw the attention and praise of people throughout the world. One reason is the rhetoric of Joseph Stalin, who calls for a world order based on the rights and contributions of all workers. But, in fact, Stalin is a brutal and ruthless dictator, and when the peasants do not accept his plan for collective farms, he viciously starves them by the millions.
  • Volume 4: Enemies of the People (RED4): Why does a child denounce his parents, demanding their execution? When Stalin's five year plans fail to turn the Soviet Union into a super power, he blames secret traitors and urges the people to find them. Today they still comb the forests for hidden grave where millions of innocent people were executed. Ultimately, Stalin does create the Red Empire, but the cost in terms of human live is almost incomprehensible.
  • Volume 5: Patriots (RED5): Confusion reigns in the Soviet Union over whom the people should support in World War II. But Hitler forces their decision when he invades in 1941. The Soviets are no match for the Nazis, who destroy everything on their way to Moscow. But in the end, the harsh Russian winter defeats the Germans, who are soon pushed back, leaving the infamous Joseph Stalin a hero and the unlikely ally of America and Britain.
  • Volume 6: Survivors (RED6): Victory in World War II is replaced with the Cold War, as the Communists reject all Western influences as decadence. Truth is redefined as the radio and airplane are said to be invented by Russians, not Westerners. But the Soviets do make great advances, including the first space flight. When Stalin dies, the future of the Red Empire is again uncertain until Nikita Khrushchev takes control.
  • Volume 7: Prisoners of the Past (RED7): Lenin's ideal of individual rights has still not materialized and the people are restless. Freedom lives in their hearts even as Khrushchev's successor, Leonid Brezhnev, crushes rebellion and invades Czechoslovakia. The old guard fails; Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko all die within a three year period. That sets the stage for Mikhail Gorbachev, a youthful vigorous leader who promises hope and change.
VHS1990
RED FILESREDF 240 min. Exposes the Soviet view of recent history through interviews with key Soviet participants, never-before-seen archival film and declassified dossiers. These compelling stories of personal and political intrigue were hidden behind the Iron Curtain for generations. Two-tape set.
  • PART 1: SECRET VICTORIES OF THE KGB: To the West, they were traitors. To the Soviet Union, they were heroes. This program tells a twisted tale of intrigue and ideological obsession -- in which men and women betrayed the West to spy for the KGB.
  • PART 2: SOVIET SPORTS WARS: This program presents the bittersweet stories of four premiere Soviet athletes: Igor ter Ovanesyan (long jump), Olga Korbut and Larisa Latynina (gymnastics), and Anatoly Firsov (hockey).
  • PART 3: SECRET SOVIET MOON MISSION: This episode presents the story of the mastermind responsible for the entire Soviet space program: Sergei Pavlovich Korolev.
  • PART 4: SOVIET PROPAGANDA MACHINE: The program weaves observations - including those of Boris Yefimov, Pravda's political cartoonist from 1922 to 1980, Russian television journalist Vladimir Pozner, former American Secretary of State Alexander Haig and Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs with archival film to trace the 70-year history of the communist and capitalist propaganda machines.
VHS1999
REJOICING IN THE DARKREJ 78 min. English subtitles. Directed by Ekaterina Pravdina, Svetlana Rezhushkina, and Alexander Koniashov. A film about Russian poets...Russian poets and Russia. Marquis de Custine wrote prophetically in the mid-nineteenth century that "when the Sun of openness rose above Russia, it would throw light on such abominations and such awful outrages that the whole world would shudder." There are no outrages in the film. This is just a story of some people who practiced the art of surviving without conforming or betraying their inner "self." VHS1990
REPORT FROM THE EDGEREPO 50 min. English narration. This documentary provides an in-depth look at the lingering environmental costs of the former Soviet Union's unchecked industrial growth. The focus is the city of Bratsk, located in Siberia with a population of approximately 270,000 that has been exposed to potentially harmful byproducts of a nuclear power plant, a chemical plant and a metallurgical plant. VHS2000
REVEALING RUSSIAREV1 - REV5 Russian with English narration and subtitles. Film series by Marina Goldovskaya.
  • Video 1: The Shattered Mirror (REV1): 58 min. Filmmaker's personal journey through ordinary Russian life at a time of great change. Includes meetings with filmmaker's friends and acquaintances, as well as personal scenes of her own wedding and the death of her mother.
  • Video 2: The House With Knights (REV2): 58 min. Built in the early 1900's, this grand apartment building on the Arbat at first was the residence of privileged families. After the revolution, it was turned into a collective housing unit. Through historical footage and the reminiscences of former residents, the incredible story of the House of Knights comes alive.
  • Video 3: A Taste of Freedom (REV3): 46 min. Follows six weeks in the lives of Sasha and Anya Politikovsky, whose daily existence reflects the turmoil and uncertainty of the time. Sasha is a prominent TV journalist who tests the limits of the new freedom afforded Russian reporters. Anya, his wife, is deeply concerned for his safety as he covers stories such as the riots in Baku and the Chernobyl disaster.
  • Video 4: Solovky Power (REV4): 93 min. A harrowing documentary about the first Soviet prison camp, established in a 15th century monastery on a remote White Sea island in 1923. The camp became the model for the dreaded gulags that followed. Aging survivors of the prison camp offer a devastating account of the brutality and injustice prisoners endured.
  • Video 5: Lucky to be Born in Russia (REV5): 58 min. Sequel to Shattered Mirror that relates the human story behind the October 1993 armed confrontation in Moscow, when the future of the Russian nation hung in the balance. Goldvskaya boldly takes her camera into the streets to film dramatic street demonstrations and the attempted rebel seizure of a television station where she worked for many years.
VHS1992
THE RISE AND FALL OF MIKHAIL GORBACHEVRIS 60 min. From a humble peasant childhood to the pinnacle of power, the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev reveals one of the century's great success stories. And with his fall, we watch him become the only Soviet leader to survive a coup...and then lose it all. This program is an intriguing drama played on the world stage, against a backdrop of sweeping global change. VHS1991
THE ROMANOVSROM 50 min. Color. Authors Mike Steinberg and Peter Kurth take the viewer into the Soviet archives to see the historic documents that led to the discovery of the remains of the Romanovs and the misteries that persist. Footage includes views from the opulence of the Romanov life and the end of the family. Includes and interview with Prince Nicholas Romanov telling of his feelings upon learning the fate of his family. VHS1997
ROOM AND A HALF, OR, A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY TO THE HOMELANDROOM 130 min., This is a film on the literary essays of Brodskii, his drawings, his bibliographic materials, but above all, that which inspired the prose of Brodskii.DVD,PAL-52009
THE RULERS OF RUS’, VOL. 2RUL 208 min. Russian without subtitles. Directed by A. Gromov, S. Zeziulkov, V. Beliakov, I. Malakhov. A continuation of the series devoted to major figures in the history of Rus’, this installment includes films about Iurii Dolgorukii, Aleksandr Nevskii, Dmitrii Donskoi, and others. The films are full of facts and events and are shot in a unique documentary style. They also include fragments from feature films and battle and fight scenes re-created from historical sources. DVD2005
RURAL RUSSIARUR 50 min. English voice-over narration. Mikhail Mikheev. Away from the major metropolitan areas, Russia is still a land of people living in the manner of frontier life. With no major roadways, few cars, little electricity, and few luxuries of any kind, the residents of the small villages in northeast Russia depend upon the closeness of family and friends, hard work and pride. This rich documentary portrait captures a world where the land still looms larger than technology. VHS/DVD 1998
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 1. REM1 150 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The first part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Peter I. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 2. REM2 150 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The second part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Catherine II. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 3. REM3 150 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The third part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Pavel I. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE DISC 4. REM4 150 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The fourth part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Alexander I. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 5. REM5 117 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The fifth part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Nikolai I. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 6. REM6 117 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The sixth part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Alexander II. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 7. REM7 133 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The seventh part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Alexander III and Nikolai II. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. DISC 8. REM8 133 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Leonid Parfenov. The eighth part of the eight-disc series, focusing on the Russian history during the rule of Nikolai II. The "Russian Empire" project by Leonid Parfyonov, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire and the founding of Saint-Petersburg, is a contemporary view on 300 years of the Russian state. The program includes historic anecdotes, real diaries, little-known documented evidence and letters of the top personalities of the Empire. The "Russian Empire" is a personal history of the Russian state, a TV investigation of the Russian imperial ideal which is still alive for both its supporters and adversaries. DVD2003
RUSSIA: FACING THE FUTURERUS7 57 min. Includes accompanying guide. This documentary paints a vivid portrait of Russia's economic, political, military and social upheaval. It also explores Russian anxieties about national security, fueled by the West's sometimes warm, sometimes cold welcome. VHS 
RUSSIA: REBUILDING A NATIONR-REB 25 min. Using an investigative approach to physical and social geography, this program follows North American students to Russia to look at the nation's efforts to rebuild following the collapse of the USSR. It examines the impacts of Western civilization from market restructuring to intellectual openness. VHS2002
RUSSIA AND THE OTHER FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS IN TRANSITIONRUSFR 90min. A six-part videotape, RUSSIA AND THE OTHER FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS IN TRANSITION is a valuable educational tool for high school and college instructors that combines news and historical footage with interviews of several former Secretaries of State and Defense, former Russian Foreign Kozyrev and other experts. Each of the six fifteen-minute programs is designed to be used in conjunction with the accompanying instructional guide. VHS1998
RUSSIAN AROUND EUROPERAE 30 min. in English. The Standard Deviants, an exciting troupe of young actors and comedians, will be your guides for this enjoyable learning adventure. The Standard Deviants simplify difficult subjects and explain them from your perspective. We use examples, humorous skits and computer graphics-because when learning is fun, you'll learn more! VHS 
RUSSIA FOR SALERUS 58 min. Tells the compelling stories of three Russians against the backdrop of the former Soviet Union's breakup and historic transition from Communism to Capitalism. Through their own eyes, a steel worker, a Moscow police chief, and a daring new entrepreneur show how the psychology and historical roots of decades of Communism influence daily life and economic and democratic reform today. VHS 
RUSSIA, LAND OF THE TSARS, VOLS I and IIRUST1-2 This two-DVD set illuminates the imperial past of the world's largest nation. At the heart of this epic tale are the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible, who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles--and innumerable lives--a day; Peter the Great, whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great, whose rule was marked by conquest, change and controversy. Filmed on location throughout Russia, enriched by exclusive visits to important sites and museums, and filled with commentary from renowned scholars, this is a kaleidoscopic, captivating portrait of a land that has endured centuries of despair and rebellion, innovation and conflict. DVD2003
RUSSIA ON THE RUNROTR 86 min. divided into 7 segments. Banks on wheels, meat markets that require customers to stand in 14 different lines, intentionally incorrect street addresses, scarcity, Western influences, modern "bizness" of the black market, the Russian Mafia, and much more! All problems associated with the collapse of a Communist system that sometimes worked, in favor of a capitalist system that still can't. This is the best video anywhere to explore what life is really like in post-Communist Russia. Travel the 6,500 mile trip from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg to explore the people, the humor, and the tragedy of the Russian Empire today. Recommended for grades 6-12. VHS1995
RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE: A ROMANCE WITH THE REVOLUTIONRAV 55 min. This program documents the achievements of the Russian avant-garde movement and the impact of the Russian Revolution, which at first nurtured modern art as an emblem of communist culture and then banned it in favor of socialist realism. Set within the context of the life of the pivotal art critic Nikolai Punin, the key events of the Lenin/Stalin years and the contributions of major artists such as Malevich, Tatlin, and Filonov are described. Plentiful examples of paintings and sculptures plus period newsreel footage add a strong visual appeal to the story of a compelling period of both art and world history. VHS1999
THE RUSSIAN CONCEPT: REFLECTIONS ON RUSSIAN NON-CONFORMIST ARTRUSC56 min., English. Directed by Igor Sopronenko. This documentary explores non-conformist Russian art and features several Russian artists whose works are considered great masterpieces and classic examples of world conceptual art. Among interviewed artists are V. Komar, A. Kosolapov, O. Vasiliev, V. Bahkchinian, L. Sokov and others. The film includes as well a few interviews with American and Russian art critics and contains the works of more than 60 non-conformist artists from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University and private collections. It also tells the story of art collector Norton Dodge whose efforts have resulted in the largest collection of Russian-Soviet non-conformist art in the world located in the US.DVD2009
RUSSIAN FACES: LANGUAGES AND PEOPLERUSA 105 min. Developed by the Center of Russian Language and Culture with the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Filmed entirely on location in Russia, this video program brings authentic, everyday Russian into the beginning Russian classroom. Divided into 20 segments of approximately five minutes each, Russian Faces: Languages and People follows the lives of four Moscow students, at school and at home, interacting with their friends, families, and members of the community. A perfect supplement to any first-year course, Russian Faces dialogues mirror situations likely to be encountered by those learning Russian, while its cultural segments present a lively tapestry of Russian images and traditions. An accompanying 125 page Teacher Resource’s Book includes a side-by-side Russian-English script, a teaching guide, and master copies of Student Activity Sheets.
LOCATED WITH TEACHING RESOURCES IN REEI READING ROOM
VHS1998
THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION: A NATION IN TRANSITIONRUS5 22 min. Produced by New Leaf Media. This video-based program is designed to acquaint students in grades 9-12 with life in the "New Russia." The program introduces the Russian Federation and its largest neighbor, Ukraine, through the eyes of four teenagers from Moscow, Kiev and St. Petersburg. Topics include: geography and weather, food, housing, family life, entertainment, school, the variety of people, politics, economics, friendships and an uncertain future. Also comes with a teacher's guide. VHS1995
RUSSIAN FEMINISMRUSF35 min, English. Directed by Beth Holmgren. This 35-minute DVD portrays how Russians and Americans collaborated in reviving women's activism in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia and in creating Russian women's studies on both sides of the ocean. The film is based on interviews with 18 experts who were engaged in this project, including activists Olga Lipovskaia and Anastasia Posadskaia-Vanderbeck, journalists Nadezhda Azhgikhina and Colette Shulman, and scholars Barbara Engel, Helena Goscilo, Julia Hemment, Irina Iukina, Janet E. Johnson, Marina Ledkovsky, Marianna Muravyeva, Sergei Oushakine, Natalia Pushkareva, Rochelle Ruthchild, Olga Shnyrova, Valerie Sperling, Elena Zdravomyslova, and Mary Zirin. Participants assess the project's successes and failures since the days of glasnost and discuss the stiff challenges that Russian feminists face in the Putin-Medvedev era. An accompanying booklet with a short summary of Russian women's history contextualizes the film.DVD2009
THE RUSSIAN FRONT: 1941-1945RF1 - RF4 Available on video from the first time, award winning author Professor John Ericson, reassesses the titanic struggle between Hitler and Stalin on the Eastern Front. The series features rare footage from German and Russian archives, as well as informative graphics and maps. Each volume is 48 minutes long.
  • Video I: Barbarossa-Hitler Turns East (RF1): This volume covers the opening phase of the war and Hitler's onslaught which carried his armies to the gates of Moscow.
  • Video II: Turning Point Stalingrad (RF2): The terrible events of 1942-the doomed attempt to capture Moscow to the highwater mark of Hitler's conquests at Stalingrad-are the major topics covered in this episode.
  • Video III: From Stalingrad to Kursk (RF3): This volume covers the dramatic events from the fall of Stalingrad to the events of the battle of Kursk, Hitler's last chance to seize the intiative in the east.
  • Video IV: The Battles for Berlin (RF4): The series concludes with an examination of the final phase of the war, as the mighty red army rolls back the tide of German conquests and surges on to the gates of Berlin.
VHS 
A RUSSIAN JOURNEYRUS6 60 min. This tour of Russia takes viewers to the golden fountains and statuary in Leningrad, through Red Square and Lenin's tomb, and on a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. It also shows life in a Russian village and visits the home of a typical Russian family. VHS1989
RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY: RUSSIAN RITESROR 15 min. English. Produced by Cambridge Educational. This program examines the rituals of the Russian Orthodox Church. Persecuted under communism, it is now flourishing and exerting an impact on Russian life. A young Russian woman talks about how she incorporates the religion into her daily life. At an ornate cathedral in Moscow, we attend the Divine Liturgy, or formal Russian service, and a Baptism, at which the rituals and the significance of the various religious symbols, including icons and iconostases, are explained. VHS2000
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONRREV 34 min. In English. Even when it began in 1917, the Russian Revolution had worldwide impact. The revolution broke out while World War I was still in progress. Russia's czarist government had been fighting with Britain, France, and the United States against Germany. For the countries at war, the Revolution had an immediate, dramatic effect: the new revolutionary government took Russia out of the war. It also inspired anti-war uprisings and strikes in the western nations as well as in Germany. This video examines the worldwide implications of the Russian Revolution and comes with an accompanying booklet of notes and transcripts of the film. VHS 
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND THE ARTSART 28 mins. Indiana University. This program depicts the relationship between art and society in Russia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The turmoil of tsarist Russia's modernization and revolution was paralleled in the works of the Wanderers, the World of Art movement, and the avant-garde artists of the revoltuionary period. The experimental and innovative arts of the 1920s are contrasted to the products of officially sanctioned socialist realism in the 1930s. The program considers artistic developments in painting, sculpture, graphic arts, film, theater, poetry, music, and architecture. Narrated by John Thompson.
  • Part I: Years of Turmoil, 1860-1917, and Years of Revolution, 1917-1920
  • Part II: Years of Innovation, 1920-1930, and Years of Control, 1930-1940
VHS1977
RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONS: THE HEAVY HAND OF CORRUPTIONRREV1 66 min. In segment one of this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent John Donvan investigate the endemic nature of corruption in Russia, where bribery is commonplace and paying protection money is considered a business expense. In segment two, Koppel and billionaire Boris Berezovsky, identified as the unseen force behind Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, discuss Berezovsky’s recent foray into politics. And in segment three, after providing detailed background on Putin, Koppel interviews the man himself, touching upon his plans to fight corruption, his KGB affiliations, and his surprising sense of humor. VHS 
RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONS: SEX, LIES AND NUCLEAR WEAPONSRREV2 61 min. In segment one of this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel reports on issues related to the new openness in Russia surrounding sexuality, including the growth of prostitution, resistance to contraception, and the spread of AIDS. In segment two, Koppel and correspondent John Donvan examine the ongoing controversy revolving around the political sellout of the independent Russian media. And in segment three, Koppel and Donvan analyze the impoverished and demoralized state of Russia’s soldiery, tasked with fighting the Chechens and presiding over one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world. VHS 
RUSSIA TODAY: DAILY LIFERUS2 15 min. This video is intended to acquaint students in grades 5-8 with life in the new "Russia." The program introduces the country once known as the Soviet Union through the eyes of four teenagers from Moscow, Kiev (Ukraine), and St. Petersburg. VHS1995
RUSSIA'S WAR: BLOOD UPON THE SNOWRW1 - RW5 Five volumes in PBS' series on Russia's involvement in World War II, each 120 min.
  • Volume I: The Darkness Descends and The Hour Before Midnight (RW1): Darkness Descends traces Stalin's rise to power and his efforts to consolidate his position. Part II portrays Hitler's aggressive behavior in Europe and the alliance of Russia and Germany, leading to the invasion and partition of Poland.
  • Volume 2: The Goths Ride East (RW2): This part describes Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union and their arrival at the gates of Moscow. Part 2 portrays the death of thousands during the siege of Leningrad and the Red Army's counterattacks against the Germans on the Moscow front.
  • Volume 3: The Fight From Within and The Cauldron Boils (RW3): Part 1, The Fight From Within, outlines the resistance to the Soviet regime that many oppressed Soviet citizens expressed after Hitler's invasion. The Cauldron Boils, part 2 in this volume, describes Germany's movement towards the Caucasus, Stalin's prohibition of retreat from the battlefield, the formation of the Penal Battalions, and the beginning of the battle for Stalingrad.
  • Volume 5: The Fall of the Swastika and The Cult of Personality (RW5):The concluding volume of PBS' documentary of Russia's involvement in World War II, part 1, The Fall of the Swastika, outlines Germany's defeat, the fall of Berlin, and Stalin's policies towards his own population. Part 2, The Cult of Personality, describes the cult of Stalin, his growing paranoia, the beginning of the Cold War, and, finally, Stalin's death in 1953.
VHS1995
RUSSIAN TRINITYRUST 90 min. in English. This program charts the rise and fall of Stalin's Russia through interconnected portraits of three of its most important institutions: the Kremlin, the ultimate seat of power; the Lubyanka, the home of the secret police; and the Bolshoi Theater, a reward for the faithful. VHS2001
ST. PETERSBURGSt.P 26 min. This film is about the history and architecture of St. Petersburg-a remarkable city which inspires artists everywhere. It shows the life of the city of elegant beauty. In English. VHS 
SASHA LITVIN OF RUSSIASAS 15 min. A portrait of nine year-old Sasha who goes to a special school for the performing arts in St. Petersburg. This film follows Sasha in his daily activities, from the time he gets up in the morning, through his day at school and including sights of his city. An introduction to the geography and culture of St. Petersburg as shown through the life of a school boy. Teacher's Guide also available. VHS1995
SAVONIHA: A SIBERIAN OLD BELIEVERSAVO 30 min. Savoniha belongs to the "Old Believers," a sect of the Russian Orthodox Church that was exiled to Siberia many centuries ago. 95 years old, she witnessed Stalin's anti-religious campaign, losing her father--one of the main spiritual representatives of the Siberian Old Believers. VHS1997
THE SECOND RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONSEC1 - SEC7 This seven-part series chronicles the rise and fall of Mikhail Gorbachev, and his role and impact on the changes seen in the Soviet Union over the last six years.
  • Enter Gorbachev (SEC1): 46 min. Gorbachev's rise to power is traced, from his early days as a party apparatchik in Stavropol, to the Secretary of Agriculture in the Central Committee, to his position on the politburo. The deaths of General Secretaries Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko are highlighted as providing Gorbachev with the opportunity, that eventually allowed him to become General Secretary himself.
  • The Battle for Glasnost (SEC2): 46 min. This cassette traces Gorbachev's difficulties in implementing his policies of glasnost and perestroika, opposition coming from both the conservative Soviet bureaucracy and the Soviet people themselves.
  • The Yeltsin File (SEC3): 46 min. This video traces the recent past of Russia's president and most controversial leader today. It begins with his position as Moscow Party chief and subsequent row with Gorbachev and dressing down, and proceeds to his often open conflicts with Party hardliners, and concludes with his own ambitions for political power, culminating in his election as Russian President.
  • Revolution from Below (SEC4): 46 min. In this episode, Gorbachev's policy of perestroika bears fruit by providing the Soviet people with an open forum for discussing their discontent. This culminated in the first-ever genuine parliamentary elections in May 1989, forcing Soviet leaders to be held accountable for their actions and accede to the demands of the people.
  • Breaking Ranks (SEC5): 46 min. This video discusses Gorbachev's hands-off policy towards changes in the communist regimes of Eastern Europe and growing nationalist movements in the Soviet Union, leading to the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Empire.
  • The End of the Beginning (SEC6): 69 min. This episode highlights the antecedents of the August 1991 attempted coup against Gorbachev. These include the bitterness of the hardliners and reactionaries and the growing nationalist unrest in the Soviet republics.
  • Anatomy of a Coup (SEC7): 50 min. This cassette traces the self-destruction of the Soviet Communist system through an attempted coup against the reformist President Gorbachev. It features participants from both sides of the barricades during the days of the anti-coup, pro-democracy movement.
VHS1991
THE SECRET LIFE OF SERGEI EISENSTEINSERG 60 min. This film by Gian Carlo Bertilli follows Eisenstein from his origins and early career in Russia, through his work and travels in the politically shifting climates of Europe, the U.S., and Mexico, and back to the Soviet Union. The film is based on Eisenstein's memoirs as well as on materials from archives around the world. Memorable scenes froms his most famous films are interwoven with his sketchbooks and production notes to form an intimate, inclusive portrait of this master of cinema and his body of work. VHS1985
SEX IN THE SOVIET UNIONSEX 60 min. THE KOPPEL REPORT takes a fascinating look at the Soviets, accustomed to living in a puritanical society which has never taught sex education or produced adequate supplies of birth control devices, now grappling with old morals and remarkable new freedom. VHS1990
STALIN BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIM (I Worked for Stalin; I Was Stalin's Bodyguard; The Anna Akhmatova File) STL1, STL2, STL3 In Russian with English subtitles. The bold documentaries of Semyon Aranovich created a storm of controversy in Russia by revealing the truth behind a violent, repressive era of Soviet history. This trio of documentaries pulls back the Iron Curtain to expose "the riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" known as Russia. Includes The Anna Akhmatova File (1989, 65 mins.), "a compelling portrait of a beloved Soviet poet" (Variety), I Was Stalin's Bodyguard (1989, 73 mins.), a film that's "as engrossing as its subject" (Entertainment Weekly), and I Worked for Stalin (1990, 67 mins.), a brilliant assembly of eyewitness testimony and rare archival materials. Semyon Aranovich---USSR---1989/1990---205 mins. DVD Var.
STALIN: THE RED GODSGOD 52 min. Directed by Frederick Baker. When atheistic Joseph Stalin assumed power, he put to use his training as a Russian Orthodox priest to redirect his people's devotional fervor and to cast himself as a secular god. Using eyewitness accounts, reenactments of key events in Stalin's life, and examples of Soviet film, art, music, and architecture, this provocative program demonstrates how Stalin ennobled communism and elevated it to the level of a state religion. Neo-Stalinists, nostalgic for their godlike leader, provide insights into how a terrifying dictatorship can ignite a devotion both deep and disturbing. DVD2004
SIBERIA: HOW THE EAST WAS WONSIBH 100 min. Produced by the History Channel, SIBERIA: HOW THE EAST WAS WON ventures into the northern forests and rides the trans-Siberian railway across an enigmatic land of majestic beauty and abundant natural resources. See how Russia's eastward expansion mirrored America's drive to the west, and relive the landmark events in Siberian history. From the Cossack invasions of the 16th century to the fall of communism and the social ills plaguing the region today, this authoritative, feature-length special is filled with breathtaking footage and interviews with scholars, historians, and the residents of this unique land. VHS2004
THE SOVIET UNION: GORBACHEV'S REFORMS & THE EASTERN BLOC SOV 30 mins. English language. A documentary on Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms during perestroika era and their effect within the Eastern Bloc. DVD-Pal 1988
THE SOVIET UNION AND THE ANDROPOV REGIMEAND2 - AND3 Two part series on Andropov VHS 
STALIN AND HITLER: DANGEROUS LIAISONSSTA2 - STA4 51 min. each. Stalin and Hitler each personified the greatest horror of the 20th century. This series explores the military collaboration between the two dictators though expert comentary by historians, eyewitness accounts by Russian government officials and military officers.
  • Part 1: Stalin and Hitler: Strange Bedfellows (STA2): This episode explores the contentions that Lenin was a German agent during the First World War and Stalin actually fed Hitler's thirst for power. Both contentions are supported by top-secret documentary evidence. The wider ramifications of these relationships are also examined.
  • Part 2: Stalin and Hitler: Appeasement Leads to War (STA3): Eyewitnesses, including a Russian ambassador and a former Russian journalist examine how Stalin's fear of massive German invasion and mutual goal of world domination through violence and terror created a temporary tenuous alliance between the Communists and Nazis. Details of political intrigues and secret negotiations between the two powers are revealed, as well as Stalin's growing uneasiness over Germany's apparently unstoppable march though Europe.
  • Part 3: Stalin and Hitler: The Confrontation (STA4): In this program, eyewitnesses offer stunning revelations, including Stalin's original attack plans to spread communism throughout Europe, including Germany. Finally, we see how Stalin completed with the Allies the conquest of Europe that he began with Hitler.
VHS1996
STALIN IS WITH US?STA5 75 min. By cleverly weaving together interviews with contemporary Stalinists and chilling newsreels of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, Shakhverdiev observes the residue of totalitarianism seeping out of the past and warns that the roots of intolerance may still be lurking within us all. VHS1989
STEREOTYPESSTE 25 min. This first U.S.-Soviet animated coproduction blends full-cell animation and live action in a witty parody of the superpowers' traditional views of one another. In the style of a TV game show, a cartoon rivalry escalates into a full-blown battle with a prophetic conclusion. It is the first collaborative film of its kind to celebrate the end of the cold war. VHS1990
STOLEN YEARSSTOL 60 min. This powerful video, first aired on PBS in March 1999, interviews a handful of survivors of the Magadan labor camps and also visits the site of a memorial to the thousands of innocent people who were sent to these camps in the Russian Far East, many never to return. The film was produced by Bruce and Jennifer Young. VHS1999
SOVIET UNION: THE RISE AND FALLSURF 120 min. (2 videos) Historic battles serve as a prelude to the story of events that redrew the map of Eastern Europe and parts of Asia in the 20th century. Following the turmoil of the Bolshevik Revolution, Communist Russia faces the venom of Nazi aggression. 1940's film footage reveal the harsh reality of total war, as the Red Army and Soviet citizens alike confront a brutal and tenacious enemy. VHS1996
TREASURES FROM THE KREMLIN TRE 27 min. A documentary television program broadcast on the Indianapolis ABC affiliate, WRTV, aired several times during September and October 2001. The documentary concerns the art exhibit "Gifts to the Tsars 1500-1700" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. REEI director and historian David Ransel and chair of the IU Slavic Department Henry Cooper appear on the documentary, discussing the historical and cultural context of the exhibit, which features sumptuous gifts presented by foreign embassies to Russian rulers from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great. REEI has a copy of a short 8 minute promotional video in addition to the documentary listed here. Please specify which video you would like to borrow when contacting the office. VHS2001
TSAR TO LENINTAS 63 min. Tsar to Lenin is one of the most important films made in the 20th century. Its subject is the Russian Revolution of 1917. The viewer never loses his sense of astonishment at being witness to events that altered the course of human history. Before the age of television with its ubiquitous 24-hour instant coverage, there seemed something miraculous about history being captured and preserved on film. This extraordinary documentary was the product of a complex and contentious collaboration between Max Eastman (1883-1969), the famed American radical and socialist, and Herman Axelbank (1900-1979), a Russian-born immigrant who assembled the greatest cinematic record of a seminal event in world history. DVD Premired in 1937
RUSSIA'S LAST TSAR: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEOTSAR 60 min. National Geographic Video tells the magnificent, yet sorrowful story of the Romanovs, using newly discovered photographs and rare footage long locked away in official archives. In order to highlight the tragedy, this video juxtaposes film of the Romanov children innocently playing with chilling, once-secret footage of the excavation of the family's bones by Soviet authorities. VHS1994
A VERY RUSSIAN COUP: THE DEMISE OF COMMUNISMVERY 48 min. Was it patriotism or treason that led Soviet military leaders to seize control of the government in August of 1991? This riveting program documents in detail the attempted takeover that marked a turning point in world history and resulted in the dissolution of the Communist Party. Marshal Yazov, the Minister of Defense; the Deputy Minister of Defense; and Boris Yeltsin's head of security candidly reveal their thoughts as co-conspirators. Compelling archival footage of the struggle that played out in the streets, plus additional interviews - a veritable who's who of the coup - round out the account of a moment in history when the eyes of the world were on Moscow. DVD2005
VIKTOR TSOI AND HIS KINOKINO 2010, 1000 min. Russian and English without subtitles. This compilation of various video and audio materials is dedicated to the life and work of the front man of the legendary Russian rock group Kino - Viktor Tsoi. The DVD set includes several documentaries about Tsoi and his band as well as a collection of music videos and audio recordings of rare editions and demo versions of some of Kino’s songs. DVD2010
VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY (1893-1930)VLA2 30 min. An illuminating biography filmed where the author lived and worked. Vladimir Mayakovsky, one of Russia's most gifted writers, was the leading poet of the Russian Revolution and of the early Soviet Period. The life of Mayakovsky is brought to life in this informative documentary. VHS1998
VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY--A VOICE FROM RUSSIAVLA1 60 min. Vysotsky was a legendary figure while he was still alive. His premature death at the age of 42 in 1980 aroused a feeling of loss and grief among Russians that has been unequaled in modern times. Produced by Danmarks Radio. VHS1988
THE VIKINGSVIK 120 min. Merely savage barbarians, or stubborn warriors with hidden talents? The Vikings were indeed the dreaded scourge of 8th-century Europe, but this one-sided image may be only half the story. Using recently unearthed facts and revolutionary research, anthropologists now believe the Vikings were far more than violent marauders. They were also canny merchants, expert shipbuilders, superb artisans, and bold colonizers of far-off lands, landing in the New World 500 years before Columbus. From their ancient villages to re-creations of their famed sailing ships, watch the fearful Norsemen take on a surprising new look. VHS2000
VIRGINITYVIRG*89 min. The documentary Virginity, directed by Vitaly Manskiy, explores extreme forms of Russian capitalism and sexual exploitation. Moscow is portrayed as a “megamarket” where everything is for sale and everyone must participate. New products flow into the city to be sold, and even human beings are transformed into commodities. At the center of the story are three young women who each have a sought-after commodity - their virginity. Kristina, Karina and Katya each try to make their way in a world ruled by fame, popularity and money. Kristina auditions for a reality TV show, Karina wants to take Madonna’s place, and Katya is simply looking for a fair price for her virginity on the internet. Through their stories, Manskiy paints a chilling picture human exploitation and objectification of the female body in contemporary Russian consumer society.DVD-PAL2008
VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY. KINOHRONIKA.VYS *180 min. A compilation of video recordings of songs performed by the iconic Soviet and Russian singer, songwriter, poet, and actor Vlavimir Vysotsky. The collection contains three parts: “My vrashaem zemliu: military songs,” “Dialog u televizora: satirical songs,” and “Ballada o vremeni: lyrical songs.”DVD-PAL2010
WAR FOR OIL IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNIONOIL 28 min. Produced by the Center for Defense Information. Control of vast oil and gas resources in the Caspian Sea region pits former republics of the Soviet Union against their Russian neighbor. In the middle are U.S. energy companies and government agencies whose interference is a thorn in the side of Russia and Iran. VHS1999
WHITHER RUSSIA? WHI1 28 mins. Made by America's Defense Monitor, this documentary discusses post-Soviet Russia and its relations with the United States. "The Soviet Union lost the Cold War, but it is Russia that is treated like a defeated power. From NATO expansion to foreign aid to the promotion of democracy, US actions will have lasting consequences." VHS1997
WIDE ANGLE: BESLAN: SIEGE OF SCHOOL NO. 1WIDE 60 min., In English, Directed by Kevin Sim. This Wide Angle report investigates the bloodiest act of terrorism in Russia since Chechnya declared its independence. Based on firsthand testimony and rare footage from inside the school, Beslan explores the motivation of the hostage-takers, the Russian government's failed effort to manage the crisis, and the calamity's legacy for survivors, bereaved families, and Russia's future stability. In addition, Bill Moyers speaks with The Washington Post's Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, co-authors of Kremlin Rising, about their actions on that tragic day and their views on the broader context of the incident. DVD2005
WHY WE FIGHT: BATTLE OF RUSSIAWHY 83 min. This film is part of a seven-part series produced for the U.S. War Department that was designed to convince the American public that WW II deserved their support. Battle of Russia details the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and, in particular, the battle of Stalingrad. VHS1943
THE WORLD, A TELEVISION HISTORY: THE MAKING OF RUSSIA, 1480-1860MAK 26 min. This program covers the formation of Russia from 1480-1860. DVD 
THE WORLD AT WAR: BARBAROSSA JUNE-DECEMBER 1941WOR 52 min. The fifth part of a definitive series on the Second World War produced by Thames Television, this film examines the initial German invasion, its early victories and how it was stopped at the very gates of Moscow. It uses a combination of documentary footage with statesmen, military leaders and ordinary men and women to bring the events of the most monumental conflict of all time vividly to life. VHS1980
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY: RUSSIA, THE UKRAINE, AND TRANSCAUCASUSWRG 30 min. Russia, the Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan comprise a vast area stretching from St. Peterburg to Vladivostok to the remote Kamchatka Peninsula, and southward to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. This video looks at the physical, historical, and cultural geography of the region, examining its many ethnic groups, languages, and cultural forms. VHS/DVD 2004
YURII SHEVHIUK AND "DDT"DDT*100 min. A collection of music videos by DDT and the band’s front man Yurii Shevchiuk, including videos of such popular songs as “Chto takoe osen’,” “Liubov’,” “Chernyi pes Peterburg” and many others.DVD-PAL/NTSC2010
VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY: TALKING WITH DAVID FROSTZHI 60 min. Zhirinovsky's interview with David Frost from PBS Video. Mr. Zhirinovsky represents the Russian ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party that opposes Boris Yeltsin in Russia's new parliament. VHS1994
ZHIRINOVSKYZHI1 83 min, (60 min. of speech, 23 min. of answering questions). Russian without translation. From the Hoover Institute, Stanford University Collection. "The borders of the Russian empire should be the borders of the former Soviet Union." So proclaims Vladimir Zhirinovsky in this speech in Ivangorod, July 11 1992. The speech, made at an open air meeting, lays down the basic ideas of his Liberal Democratic Party. VHS1992
ZYUGANOV LECTURE AT INDIANA UNIVERSITYZYU 8 April 1994. Videotape of lecture "Misconceptions of Communism in Russia in the 1990's" in Russian with translator. VHS1994

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BABYN YAR BAB 60 min. Ukrainian without subtitles. Directed by Volodymyr Heorhiyenko. VHS 1991
BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN: UKRAINE IN WORLD WAR II - THE UNTOLD STORY BHST 58 min. In English. Directed by Slavko Nowytski. Eye witness accounts and scholarly analyses illustrate the tragic history and the valiant struggle of the Ukrainian nation caught between two enemy occupations: Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. A project by the Ukrainian Research & Documentation Centre, this film premiered in Toronto in September 2003. Narrated by Jack Palance. VHS 2004
BEYOND OUR BORDERS: UKRAINE BEY-4 30 min. A new cultural geography series geared toward teaching students about the geography and history of the world's major countries. Helps students understand other peoples' environments, values, and significant historical contributions. The DVD also features maps that clarify geographical data such as a country's global location, major regions, and important cities. Ukraine's greatest city, Kiev, has its own renown and historical treasures, as have other cultural and environmental sites such as Pechersk Monastery, medieval castles, the Crimea, and the heartland city of Lviv. In Ukraine rich agriculture, Orthodox religious traditions, communist-era monuments, and resilient people intermingle. DVD  
COMMUNISM: LEGACY OF POLLUTION COM 25 min., English. Produced by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. In the wake of communism's decline in Eastern Europe, the environmental legacy of communism has been revealed. The Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany form a black triangle of aggressive air pollution with which these newly democratic states must now contend. This film outlines the work of the European Union to help these countries moderate their industrial pollution. VHS, DVD 1997
ETERNAL MEMORY: VOICES FROM THE GREAT TERROR ETER 81 min. English. Directed by David Pultz. This historical documentary examines the Stalinist purges and terror in the Soviet Union during the Thirties and Forties when an estimated twenty million people lost their lives; some in labor camps, other starved in state-induces famine, and many others executed for "crimes against the state." Focusing on Ukraine, the film incorporates historical footage, interviews with witnesses and survivors, public officials such as former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and former KGB official Mykola Holushko, and such eminent historians as Robert Conquest of Stanford University and Roman Szporluk of Harvard University. Narrated by Meryl Streep. VHS 1997
FADING TRACES: POSTSCRIPTS FROM A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY FAD 79 min. English, Yiddish, Russian, and German with English subtitles. Directed by Walo Deuber. In western Ukraine, there is a piece of European history which is threatening to vanish in the future before it has been remembered in the present. Countless long-hidden graves and mostly unheard witnesses recall the most horrific chapter in the history of this perpetually war-ridden countryside: the Holocaust. For years the survivors have kept their memory to themselves in the Soviet Union. Now they ask the world to share their memories with them. DVD-PAL 1998
GENDER MONTAGE: FILMS FROM POST-SOVIET SPACE GEND
  • Women's Happiness or Men's Dignity (Armenia, 25 min. Directed by Karine Verdiyan and Nika Shek): This film portrays two Armenian women. One woman is a divorcee who, forced to give up her career as an artist during her marriage, finds freedom, happines, and creative expression in her new life but struggles with social stigma. The other is a widow, who, nostalgic for her late husband, believes that women's happiness lies in the patriarchal male-headed household where women are homemakers. Despite their conflicting opinions both find strength in themselves and their work as they raise families as single mothers.
  • Return (Georgia, 28 min. Directed by Levan Glonti): Liya's past is troublesome - her mother was killed by her father, and she herself was beaten by him many times - and she spends her adult life trying to cope with these memories.
  • Elechek (Kyrgystan, 26 min. Directed by Nailya Rakhmadieva): Sairash was contentedly married for more than a quarter century until the day her husband took a second, younger wife. Sairash walked out. Her community and relatives blamed her, divorce laws would not protect her, and any division of property would inflict pain on her beloved children. Though her decision set her on a path of hardship, Sairash found the path to her true self.
  • Kristina and Christ (Lithuania, 22 min. Directed by Inesa Kurklietyte): Kristina, a graduate from Oxford University, is not ordained to become a priest because she is a woman. As an assistant pastor she could act as a lay person only. However, she has focused on encouraging women and girls in her community to seek equal rights of women and men in the Church and society at large.
  • There Are Women in Russian Villages (Russia, 28 min. Directed by Pavel Kostomarov and Antoin Kattin): Two women, a mother and daughter, demonstrate that poverty in Russia is increasingly a women's phenomenon. Luba and Alesya live in a typical Russian village: the population consists of male drunkards, with few or no exceptions, and exhausted women. As underpaid and overworked milkmaids, Luba and Alesya have no one but themselves to rely on.
  • New Penelope (Tajikistan, 26 min. Directed by Georgii Dzalaev): Economic depression and political chaos force Tajik men to become migrant laborers, working in unsafe conditions and with inconsistent pay. Tajik women attempt to keep their families alive, and, in some cases, enter polygamous marriages to feed themselves and their families. Often these women relate to Penelope, the wife of the mythical hero Odysseus, who waits many years for her husband to return. The men working abroad and the women left behind face the same fate: hard work and human rights abuses.
  • Who Will Sing a Lullaby (Ukraine, 29 min. Directed by Nina Rudik): Masha's father and Katya's grandfather are on paternity leave. They are among the few men from Kiev who dared to use their right to take parental leave. Challenging their traditional role as breadwinners, overcoming social stigma, and encouraging their wives to realize themselves outside of the home, these two men show that personal choice can prevail for them and their wives over traditional gender roles.
DVD 2006
IS IT EASY TO BE YOUNG? IS 90 min., Latvian with English subtitles. This controversial Soviet documentary by filmmaker Yuri Podniek captures members of the punk rock subculture cavorting at a concert, being dragged into court for smashing up a train, and telling the camera about the tender hopes and the drab realities of their lives as hospital orderlies, morticians, and drug-addicted, disillusioned Afghanistan veterans VHS 1987
IVAN FRANKO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF L'VIV FRA 56 min., Ukrainian. Directed by V. Zhyvolub. Documentary on the life of Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko and the university in L'viv that now bears his name. DVD-PAL 2006
JUSTICE FOR SERGEIJUST *52 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Hans Hermans and Martin Maat. Justice for Serghei is the shocking story of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in November 2009 at the age of 37 under excruciating circumstances in a Moscow detention center, still awaiting trial. His death fueled international outrage, but inside Russia the corrupt government officials responsible were never brought to justice. One year after his death, Justice for Sergei tells the story of an ordinary man who paid the ultimate price while trying to expose the extraordinary corruption gripping Russia today.DVD2010
LIFTING THE YOKE: UKRAINE LIF1 50 min. This program examines the effects of establishing an independent Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Emotional and divisive issues accompanying this endeavor include: the legacy of Stalin, conflicts and competing interests between the Church and the nationalists, and the question of to what degree the language should be imposed. VHS 1994
LONG KNIVES NIGHT AND REPORTING FROM UNDER A RABBIT HUTCH LONG * 96 min. Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Victor Dashuk. With fury and agony, Long Knives Night and Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch confront Europe’s last dictator: Alexandr Lukashenko of Belarus. Writer/director Victor Dashuk has risked imprisonment and abuse – common for dissidents, as you see in the films – to depict and attack Lukashenko’s rise to authority. With breathtaking access, Long Knives Night documents and comments on the 1996 anti-constitutional coup. Set a few years later, Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch reveals the dangers dissidents face in their struggle under dictatorship.DVD1999, 2001
THE ORANGE CHRONICLES ORC 98 min. English, Ukrainian, Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Damian Kolodiy. From Kyiv to Odessa and Lviv, the filmmaker engaged with Ukrainians on all sides of the debate to compile this personal account of the three months spent in the midst of the Orange Revolution. The documentary explores the people’s motivations to mobilize, and the emotional conflicts among a bitterly divided populace. The film is a tribute to the human spirit, whose yearning for freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and spiritual fulfillment will not be denied. In the process of documenting the revolution, Kolodiy rediscovers his own modern Ukrainian identity and comes to understand the personal imperatives behind one nation’s fight for justice. DVD 2007
ORANGE REVOLUTION ORR 106 min. English. Directed by Steve York. One candidate in Ukraine’s 2004 Presidential elections is backed by the post-Soviet regime. Eight weeks before the election, the opposition candidate is mysteriously poisoned. He survives, but with a severely disfigured face. In the final voting, blatant vote fraud hands the election to the regime. Fed up with censored media, corruption, and rule by wealthy oligarchs, they have voted for change, and now they are taking over Kyiv to enforce their will. Through snow and freezing temperatures they stand their ground, blockading government buildings, demanding a new election. Through the eyes and in the voices of the Ukrainian people, Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or party, but by one idea: to defend their vote and the future of the their country. DVD 2007
PATH TO AGREEMENT: RUSSIA AND UKRAINE PAT 38 min. English and Russian versions. A co-production of Ostankino and Common Ground Productions, this program begins with background on the Russian Ukrainian conflict including an interview with Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk. The program then shows a "search for common ground" between Alexandr Lavrinovich, Vice President of the Ukrainian nationalist party Rukh, and Sergei Baburin, leader of the Russian parliamentary faction Rossiya. The video presents an easily accessible picture of the ethnic conflict of the former USSR. VHS 1992
REFLECTIONS OF TERROR: Life in the Gulag REF 30 min. Ukrainian without subtitles. Originally entitled Voni stoiat' peredi mnoiu (They Stand in Front of Us), this film was produced and directed by the Ukrainian writer Anatol Kostenko, a former Zek. Kostenko interviews survivors of Soviet labor camps and commemorates those who perished. VHS 1990
SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND: RUSSIA AND UKRAINE PAT1   VHS 1992
SHAPES IN THE WAX SHAP 55 min. Educationally authored by Sarah Phillips. This ethnographic documentary explores Ukrainian folk healing as practiced today by babky (grannies) in villages in Western Ukraine. These are elderly women - usually deeply religious - who perform rituals such as vylyvaty visk, or the pouring forth of wax, to treat a variety of afflictions. Babky treat maladies that elude the expertise of local doctors, such as fear, curses, and the evil eye. In this video, healers demonstrate their craft and reflect on their lives as elders, healers, and women in Ukraine. Will the babky's traditions of folk healing end after the current generation of healers passes on? This documentary probes this question by including the views of urban youth, and by exploring the babky's strategies for passing on their prayers and rituals. DVD 2004
UKRAINE - THE INDEPENDENT LAND UKR1 47 min. Historical retrospect traces Ukraine's sovereign aspirations from the times of the Rurik dynasty to the present. VHS 1993
UKRAINE: THE BIRTH OF A NATION UKBR 200 min. English, Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish versions available. Directed by Jerzy Hoffman. An informative documentary about the history of Ukraine. Fast-paced, colorful, and insightful, this two-disc set contains four 50-minute films, entitled From Rus to Ukraine, Ukraine or Little Russia?, Together Forever, and Independence. DVD 2008
UKRAINE: THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE UKR2 55 min. See Ukraine as it has never been seen before, in all of its seeming contradictions. The footage in this documentary, taken in cities closed to western travellers for nearly a century, presents a full spectrum of the country and the people, with pictures of villages, cities, traditional farming techniques, crafts, churches, fortresses, and monasteries. VHS 1992
UKRAINE: THIRD JOURNEY TO INDEPENDENCE UKR3 62 min. In 1991 a series of political events leading up to the Moscow coup sent shock-waves throughout the then-Soviet Union. Ukraine responded to the collapse of the coup by declaring its independence on August 24th, marking the dawn of a new age. This compelling documentary tells the dramatic story of the Ukrainian people's century-long struggle for self-determination and sheds new light on this previously "hidden nation" of the Czarist and Communist empires. VHS/DVD 1992
THE UKRAINIANS UKR 57 min. English. Encounter dynamic and fascinating people of Ukraine in this riveting and richly informative documentary video. "The Ukrainians" journeys to many cities, towns and villages of Ukraine, including the Carpathian mountains and the Ukrainian steppes, to bring you the essence of Ukrainians and their talents, passions and traditions. VHS 1999
UKRAINIAN JOURNEY UKRJ 57 min. English. Travel on a "Ukrainian Journey" to a land of boundless steppes, fields, forests and magnificent and ancient cities. Meet the people, view the spectacular architecture, experience the sights and sounds of the modern and ancient. Take in the sights of Kiev, the capital city, over 1500 years old and journey to the Carpathian Mountains and historic Crimea. Ukraine awaits you! VHS 1995
UNDER THE BANNER OF MISERY UND1 45 min. In Ukrainian without subtitles. Jarring documentary depicts one of the worst human tragedies of this century--the forced collectivization ordered by Stalin, and the resultant man-made Ukrainian famine of 1932-33. VHS 1992
THE UNKNOWN HOLOCAUST UNK 30 min. Documentary film by Taras Hukalo for Radio Quebec combines archival footage, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with scholars to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Soviet perpetuated famine that took the lives of 10 million Ukrainians. VHS 1983
THE WINTER WAR WINT 125 min. Based on Antti Tuuri's book Talvisota, this internationally acclaimed epic portrays the brutal war fought by Finnish soldiers to preserve their country's independence against the overwhelming, invading Soviet army in 1939-40. In Finnish with English subtitles. DVD 1989
YIPPEE: A JOURNEY TO JEWISH JOY YIP 74 min. English. Directed by Paul Mazursky. When Mazursky was told by his optometrist that 25,000—mostly Hassidic—Jews from around the world were expected to visit Uman for three days of praying, singing, and dancing, the director felt compelled to make the journey himself. Arriving in the Ukraine with a small film crew, Mazursky experiences an amazing series of events. He meets and interviews a wide variety of Jewish men from many countries, sharing meals, laughs, and this unique experience. The director visits the gravesite of Hassidic movement founder the Baal Shem Tov (Nachman's great-grandfather) and talks with Uman’s non-Jews about their reactions to the annual massive influx of Hassidim. The adventure culminates on the evening of Rosh Hashanah in a mass expression of spiritual ecstasy. Yippee is an infectious road movie filled with electricity and awe and Mazursky is a splendid guide, funny, curious, and generous. DVD 2006