logoRUSDOCFILMFEST-3W announces the list of participating films of the Eleventh Annual Independent Documentary Film Festival in New York.


The Eleventh Annual RusDocFilmFest-3W, an independent documentary film festival, will take place on October 19-21, 2018, at the DCTV Center (87 Lafayette St., Manhattan), and the School of Visual Arts (SVA; 136 W. 21st St., Manhattan). In the past ten years, this festival has screened over 200 documentaries made in Eastern Europe and the United States. RusDocFilmFest-3W features a unique representative list of contemporary documentary films, including numerous works by laureates of international film festivals. This year’s program is comprised of films made by private film studios in 2017/18 and presents a broad spectrum of aesthetic and cultural discourses.

The festival will open on October 19 at 7 pm at the DCTV Center. The Opening screening will be a unique film about the Oscar nominee, well-known film director Andrey Zvyagintsev and his artistic method in the process of filming his “Loveless” (Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, “Oscar” nomination, and others) – “Andrey Zvyagintsev. The Director” (dir. Dmitri Rudakov).

The Opening ceremony of RusDocFilmFest-3W will happen in a business casual manner: without red carpets or long speeches. The festival will maintain this pace throughout its entire three-day duration. The festival goal is to present contemporary film documentaries from Eastern Europe to American viewers; to create a tie between different ethnic groups and cultures; to build a bridge between filmmakers from different countries; to support independent film documentary throughout the world. In our times, deservedly dubbed “The Era of Fake News”, we struggle in favor of the right to truth, and freedom of speech and expression. All films will be screened with English subtitles; most of them are American premieres.

This year the festival will present 21 documentaries whose productions were supported by the United States, Bulgaria, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Estonia. Independent documentary film unites all countries, and the 11th Annual RusDocFilmFest-3W program proves this.

As in previous years, the festival program “Free World” will place an emphasis on social problem films. The festival presents a wide cinematic panorama of the intense themes of modern reality: struggle for human rights, for a disarmed world, for protection of women’s civil rights; protest against dictatorship, union of all independent creative people under liberal values.

In the context of the strong conflict between two of the largest states of the post-Soviet world – Ukraine and Russia – some documentaries will have an additional painful accent, see: The Trial, about the real political trial of Ukrainian journalist Oleg Sentsov (dir. Askold Kurov), or The Monkey, Ostrich and Grave (dir. Oleg Mavromatti) and Flight of the Bullet (dir. Beata Bubenec) about the armed conflict in the Donetsk Region.

In memory of director Alexandr Rastorguev, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and journalist Orkhan Djemal, killed this summer in the process of creating a new film about illegal Russian military groups in the Central African Republic, the festival’s Organizing Committee has also included in the program a screening of the 2014 film The Term (dir. Alexandr Rastorguev, Pavel Kostomarov, Alexei Pivovarov) about the opposition movement in Russia. After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with a representative of the “Free Word” Association of independent liberal opposition writers and journalists (Russia).

Many of the films presented at the festival, made in different countries, give a particularly poignant note of pacifism and resistance to violence: The Monkey, Ostrich and Grave or Facing the Mirror.

As always, the festival will feature a wide selection of films about culture. Brother Azari (dir. Alexei Burykin), about the Plisetsky family; Era of Lyubimov: Master’s Rehearsals, screened in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Taganka Theater’s founder (dir. Elena Yakovich); Sasha Sokolov: Last Russian Writer, about one of the most mysterious of Russian writers, who determined the direction of the development of Russian literature in the last quarter of the XX century (dir. Ilya Belov); “Dream Factory” for Comrade Stalin, about the creation of Soviet cinema during Stalin’s dictatorship (dir. Boris Karadjev), I Have Believed – I Believe, about Cossack folklore from the Russian Far East (dir. Masha Kosobokova, Polina Zavadskaya), You Rock, about young rock musicians from the Ural Region (Eugeny Grigoriev); Rezo about the great Georgian script-writer and artist Rezo Gabriadze (dir. Levan Gabriadze).

We will continue to present the topic of the protection of the civil rights of people with limited capabilities, by screening Radio K (dir. Yulia Gerra).

We will also screen a film about the history of the Russian Émigrés, and the 100th anniversary of the October Catastrophe: The Unknown 1017 (dir. Galina Evtushenko)

Additional Festival Events:

Among the broad festival program of film screenings, Q&A sessions, and round tables, a poetry reading “Accents of New York” will take place on October 19 at 9 pm. Bilingual American poets will present their new verses in different languages.

“Accents of New York” Poetry Reading
October 19, at 9pm
DCTV (87 Lafayette, Manhattan)

The festival opening event includes a poetry reading by bilingual American poets. They all immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s. However, their common experience of surviving under communist dictatorship was not the only thing that united them. They created a wonderful polyphonic world of their bilingual verses. The magic of sounds, the music of languages – poetry beyond borders, political systems, and nationalities — the Wonderful World of Words.

The festival guests are (in alphabetical order):

Carmen Firan, Romanian-born American poet, novelist and playwright.
Carmen Firan has published novels and over twenty books of poetry, essays, and short stories. Her writing appears in translation in many literary magazines and in various anthologies in France, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. Her recent books and publications in the United States include Interviews and Encounters: Carmen Firan in dialogue and poetry with Nina Cassian, Inferno, Rock and Dew, Words and Flesh, The Second Life, The Farce, In The Most Beautiful Life, and The First Moment After Death. She is a member of PEN American Center and the Poetry Society of America and serves on the editorial boards of the international magazines Lettre Internationale (Paris-Bucharest) and Interpoezia (New York). She is the co-editor of Naming the Nameless (An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry), Stranger at Home, Poetry with an Accent, and Born in Utopia (An Anthology of Romanian Modern and Contemporary Poetry).

Andrey Gritsman, Russian-born-American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief, INTERPOEZIA
Andrey Gritsman’s works have appeared in many American, European, and Russian magazines and anthologies. Gritsman is the author of over ten collections. He runs the Intercultural Poetry Series at Cornelia Street Café and edits the poetry magazine Interpoezia. He lives in New York City and works as a physician.

Anna Halberstadt, Lithuanian-born Russian-American poet.
Since 1980, Anna Halberstadt has worked as a clinician, teacher, and administrator of mental health clinics specializing in the adaptation of immigrants, with a special interest in immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Anna has published many works in the field of psychology but has found poetry to be a more adequate and condensed way to expand on the same themes — growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in a country still struggling with past trauma, living in three countries (Lithuania, Russia, the U.S.), and immigration. Her creative work has been accepted by Bluestem, Forge, Amarillo Bay, Cimarron Review, St. Petersburg Review, Tiferet and Mudfish, and has appeared in translation in the Lithuanian journals Literatūra Ir Menas and Šiaurės Atėnai. She is an author of six books: four collections of verses and two books of translation of American poetry.

Helga Landauer, Russian-born American poet.
Helga Landauer has lived and worked in the USA since 1996 as a writer, poet, and filmmaker. Her films include Being Far from Venice, A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich (co-directed with Oksana Dvornichenko), A Film About Anna Akhmatova, Arcadia, etc. She is an author of about ten books of poetry, under the name Helga Olshvang: 96th Book; The Reedand Poetry Works, The Three, The Blue is White, etc. Her poetry has also been published and reviewed in preeminent Russian literary magazines and anthologies.

Irina Mashinski, Russian-born American poet, translator.
Irina Mashinski is the author of ten books of poetry and translations (in Russian). Her first English-language collection, The Naked World, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil. She is co-editor, with Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk, of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (Penguin Classics, 2015), and co-founder (with the late Oleg Woolf) and editor-in-chief of the StoSvet literary project, which includes the Cardinal Points Journal published under the auspices of Brown University’s Slavic Studies Department. She is the recipient of several Russian literary awards, and, with Boris Dralyuk, of the First Prize in the 2012 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Translation Prize competition. In 2017, she received the Hawthornden and Wellstone fellowships.

Philip Nikolayev, Russian-born American poet, Editor-in-Chief of Fulcrum
Philip Nikolayev immigrated to the U.S. in 1990, graduated from Harvard University (BA and MA) and Boston University (PhD). His poetry collections include Dusk Raga, Monkey Time, Letters from Aldenderry, etc. He is a laureate of the Verse Prize. Nikolayev is a co-founder and editor of Fulcrum, “an annual of poetry and aesthetics,” and his work has been featured in 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Daniela Petrova, Bulgarian-born American poet and writer.
Daniela Petrova grew up in Communist Bulgaria and credits her insatiable curiosity about the world to her childhood behind the Iron Curtain. Her studies in architecture and philosophy, coupled with her graduate work in psychology, inform and shape her stories. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, and Women in the World, among others. Her fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Writing 2008. She is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Adrian Sângeorzan, Romania-born American poet and writer, physician.
Adrian Sângeorzan graduated from the University of Cluj medical school in Transylvania and worked as a doctor in Romania until 1990, when he immigrated to the United States. He lives in New York. His books include the memoir Between Two Worlds: Tales of a Women’s Doctor, the novels The Circus in Front of the House and Vitali, and the poetry collections Over the Life Line, Tattoos on Marble, and Voices on the Razor’s Edge.

Grigory Starikovsky, Russian-born American poet, translator, essayist.
Grigory Starikovsky. In US since 1992. PHD in Classics (Columbia University). Recent verse collections “Levites and Singers” (2013) and “The Autonomous Source” (2017). Translates from Ancient Greek (Homer, Pindar), Latin (Vergil, Propertius, Persius), and English (William Carlos Williams, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney). Teaches Latin at a public school in New Jersey, and Mythology at Montclair State University (NJ).

“Accents of New York” Poetry Reading Organizers:

The New Review – the oldest international intellectual literary journal of the multi-ethnic Russian-speaking Diaspora. Based in New York since 1942. Editor-in-chief: Marina Adamovitch.

Interpoezia – international magazine of poetry. Based in New York for fifteen years. Editor-in-chief: Andrey Gritsman.

There will be two roundtables:

Filmmaker’s Prime Responsibility: Social or Artistic?

Beyond the Borders: Women in Contemporary Documentaries and Visual Arts

The discussion will take place after the screening of two new documentaries by young film directors from the US and Russia (Facing the Mirror by Sara Khaki and Harmony by Lydia Sheinin). The program Beyond the Borders will start with the presentation “50 Years in American Documentary Film” by American filmmaker Keiko Tsuno, and will include a retrospective screening of her classic The Story of Vinh.

Keiko Tsuno’s film tells about the consequences of the Vietnam War for Americans and Vietnamese. Her documentary is especially relevant today, in the context of the new immigration policies of the United States under President D. Trump.

Please see the site for information on where to buy tickets.

Festival Organizing Committee