14th Annual Independent
American-Russian Documentary
Film Festival in New York
Since 2008​
Oct. 18-24, 2021
Information on the upcoming 14th RUS DOC FILM FEST

RDFF 2021

Information on the upcoming 14th RUS DOC FILM FEST

The 14th Annual American-Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York will take place on October 18-24, 2021. ONLINE THEATER screenings will be held at the RUS DOC FILM FEST online platform during the festival week. The online program will be organized according to Eastern Daylight Time. Tickets for the ONLINE THEATER will be available through the website.
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The 2021 Festival is comprised of the following programs:

Exclusion Zone
Зона отселения
•  Russia/Ukraine  
•  13 min  
•  Russian, English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Julia Rytik
Producer(s): Artur Miller
Studio: GITR Film & TV School

Sound Engineer: Ivan Apilat

When the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded in 1985 it seemed that Time itself came to a halt for the towns and villages in the immediate vicinity. Indeed, life for residents in areas contaminated by radioactive fallout has remain frozen. In this film, the public hears testimonies from residents, who describe experiences that previously they wouldn’t dare to speak aloud. While that fateful catastrophe seems to have faded into the distant past, the fact is that the consequences will still be felt for generations to come. Despite the lingering devastation and danger, something stops residents of contaminated areas from abandoning everything they have and moving to a safer and cleaner place. Why is that?

This genre is called "post-apocalyptic documentary”. It’s a post-reality technique in all its phantasmagoria, transmitted by traditional film means, revealing tomorrow's reality for all mankind.

Julia Rytik worked at the Gorky film studio. Since 2019, she has been working at Mir Media as an assistant director and editing director.