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)

The festival program also includes a presentation by The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, the Russian non-profit organization and philanthropic foundation created for support of civil society, non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and the will of citizens.

Among the broad festival program of film screenings, Q&A sessions, and round tables there will be two art-exhibitions.

In honor of Serge Hollerbach’s 95th birthday this year, an exhibition of the artist’s works “From a Personal Point of View” will be open at 6 pm on October 19. Serge Hollerbach, a member of the American National Academy of Design, still works in New York City.

Sergey Hollerbach is one of the most celebrated representatives of the post-War Russian immigration to the United States, a unique visual artist, reflecting the European tradition of Expressionism in an American context. There will be a Q&A with the artist, and a presentation of his books of essays.

“Alphabet Diet. Dishiza (1996-2018)” – another exhibition will be open as part of the festival on October 21. The New York performance artist Irina Danilova will present her project in the DCTV Center. Q&A with the artist will take place at the same location, on October 21.

You will also be able to see a short documentary Artist and Spirits about artist Edward Bekkerman and take part in the Q&A session with him and film director Edward Staroselsky on October 21.

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.

There will be two roundtables: Filmmaker’s Prime Responsibility: Social or Artistic? with the participation of American filmmakers; and Beyond the Borders: Women in Contemporary Documentaries and Visual Arts – a discussion with filmmakers and American slavists. 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.

A complete list of the festival documentary films as well as all details about the festival, its guests and participants, and the films featured, will be posted on the film festival’s website ( in September and October, in English and Russian. Please see the site for information on where to buy tickets.

Festival Organizing Committee

The Organizing committee is looking forward to seeing everyone at the 11th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W on October 19-21 at DCTV and SVA, NYC!

Festival Organizer – The New Review Inc.

General sponsor – Zimin Foundation

Photos from last year festival