Marina Goldovskaya Documentary Retrospective Series (II)
Screening of "A Taste of Freedom" and "The Shattered Mirror," followed by discussion with filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya, UCLA, Film and Television.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A51 Humanities Building
A Taste of Freedom" (1991, 46 minutes)
It was the beginning of spring in 1990. And it was the dawning of a new era, a time of burgeoning change which could not be stopped in a country freshly awoken by perestroika. At the heart of the film is a young family of journalists –Sasha Politkovsky, his wife Anna, their children, and even their dog. Sasha was an established television journalist, while Anna was destined to become a journalist of international fame, proving her courage and her journalistic integrity during her coverage of the Chechnyan conflict. The film is a unique glimpse into a time of amazing change and urgency as Russia took its first steps after the fall of a 75-year old totalitarian regime.
"The Shattered Mirror" (1992, 58 minutes)
In this extraordinary personal journey through ordinary Russian life at a time of great change, the filmmaker uses her camera and familiarity with Russian society to present an intimate and piercing view of her fellow citizens and her country. At a fast-moving pace, we meet her friends and acquaintances, from the simple laborer to a newly rich entrepreneur. The filmmaker turns the camera on her own life as well, providing deeply personal revelations, through scenes of her own wedding and of her mother's death. While filming a tense street confrontation between opposing political forces, she remarks, "I am shooting and crying!"
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Film and Television Archive