Remembering Communism: The Poetics and Politics of Nostalgia
This lecture and film series marks the twentieth anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The screenings include Goodbye Lenin! and My Perestroika, two poignant films that address the complexity of the constantly shifting political landscapes of postsocialist countries and the difficulty of both confronting the past and understanding the present. The speakers include three prominent writers and artists - Dubravka Ugrešić, Susanne Schädlich, and Grisha Bruskin - all of whom present unique perspectives on individual and collective memory, and discuss how perceptions of the past affect and shape the modern world.
Desert of Forbidden Art
This award-winning 2010 documentary highlights the life and achievements of Igor Savitsky (1915-1984), who rescued 44,000 works of unsanctioned Soviet art and founded a museum to display them. Today, the Nukus Art Museum, located in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, holds the second largest collection of Soviet avant-garde art in the world. This collection, suppressed during Stalinism and the following decades, offers fresh perspectives on the art and history of the USSR.
The Oberlin College Screening presents a rare opportunity to see the remarkable story of teh man and the museum he created and to meet to film's directors Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georglev.
Transition to Democracy in Serbia: The Alternative Films of Goran Radovanovic
This module class explores the transition to democarcy in Serbia from the fall of the Milosevic regime to the present through a combination of documentary and feature films. Topics include: historical background, non-violent student movement resistance to dictatorship, rural elections, the dramatic social changes in the transition to democracy and a market economy. The instructor is a talented film maker from Serbia whose first feature film was premiered at this year's Montreal film festival.