Information on the upcoming 14th RUSDOCFILMFEST

Information on the upcoming 14th RUSDOCFILMFEST

ONLINE THEATER screenings will be held at the RUSDOCFILMFEST online platform during the festival week. The online program will be organized according to Eastern Daylight Time. Tickets for the ONLINE THEATER are available through the website ( All films will be in their original language with English subtitles.

The films will be shown in a closed format: a one-time password will be provided with each ticket purchase which will allow one view of the film in the Online Theater (on the festival website) according to the program schedule. This will mimic the real-life theater-going experience but will be conducted online.

MANHATTAN THEATERS. The screenings at the Manhattan theaters will be held on Saturday, October 23. There will be two live screenings:

“Truth to Power” at 12:30 PM, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Buy tickets on Eventbrite

“Rachmaninoff Revisited” at 2:10 PM, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Buy tickets on Eventbrite

The screenings will take place at the School of Visual Arts (131 West 21st Street New York, NY 10011)

Closing events include a screening and Award Ceremony. The Events will take place on October 23, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the Closing events will be in a closed format.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the first week of October, this information will be updated in accordance with official New York guidelines.

The festival program includes carefully selected documentaries created in the past three years by filmmakers from (in alphabetic order): Armenia, Bulgaria, Chile, Georgia, Moldova Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA. All European documentaries are American premieres. Most of the films are laureates of international film festivals.

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)