A word from the Festival Curator at the Opening Ceremony

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to welcome you — friends old and new — to the opening of the XIII annual independent documentary film festival RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W. I would like to express my deepest thanks to all of you for joining us during these unprecedented times!

We are living in a diverse world and belong to different backgrounds, heritages and cultures. Only by learning from each other, the culture of each country, we can make our own advancement.

The independent documentary films reflect the real life and the authentic imagination of people. By watching these films, we will better understand the world, cultural diversity – and ourselves. Civilizations always become richer and more colorful through mutual learning from each other. Such exchanges are the only way to improve our life, to develop human progress, to keep global peace. This is the significance of international film festivals.

Documentary cinema speaks a universal language. It is relevant for all people, regardless of their national, cultural, or social backgrounds.

Our team have searched to find a selection of the best new documentary films for this year’s festival. The films you will find in the program span a wide variety of genres, styles, and topics.

We represent the independent documentary movies from the so-called Post-Soviet countries and multi-ethnic Russian speaking Diaspora in its exile throughout the world. These people obtained a unique experience of surviving under totalitarian regimes. And they send to the world their unique message. We all have to listen to their voices, to understand these people, their culture, their heritage. We hope that this film festival will be a window to these cultures and societies.

14 films represented on screen of our Online Theater are made in Armenia, Bulgaria, Israel, Kazakhstan, France, Spain, Russia. We hope the stories we’ve brought together will inspire you, teach you something new.

A special thanks to our amazing team, devoted volunteers, great partners, sponsors, filmmakers, and — to all of you for watching these amazing films.

We know we will get through these difficult times together!

Watch and enjoy!

Marina Adamovitch, curator of the RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W.
The New Review Inc.

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 blew up in 1985 it seemed that Time came to a halt. Indeed, it did for those residents in areas that were contaminated with radioactive fallout from the disaster. In this film, for the first time, the public hears things that these residents previously wouldn’t dare to speak aloud. This is a genre called "post-apocalyptic documentary”.

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

Wednesday, October 20th (Fresh Look program is free)