Join Us for the 15th Annual RusDocFilmFest


In 2022, The New Review Inc, the organizer of the festival project, canceled the festival due to the Russian invasion of independent Ukraine. In the Spring of 2023, we are back with the festival event supporting Ukrainian filmmakers and the democratic opposition activists in Belarus and Russia.

The 15th Annual Independent East European Documentary Film Festival in New York will take place on March 19-25, 2023.

The screenings at the Manhattan theater will be held on March 19 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There will be two live screenings: “Famine” (dir. Tatiana Sorokina) and “Away” (dir. Ruslan Fedotow).

The screenings will take place at the Anthology Film Archive (32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003). Tickets are available at the Eventbrite website

ONLINE THEATER screenings will be held at the RUSDOCFILMFEST online platform during the festival week of March 20-25. The online program will be scheduled around Eastern Daylight Time.

Tickets for the ONLINE THEATER will be available through the website ( starting March 10. All films will be in their original language with English subtitles.

The festival program includes two sections of carefully selected documentaries: 1) our laureates of the past years; 2) American premieres – films created in 2022.

A House Made of Splinters
•  Co-production: Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland  
•  1:27h  
•  Ukrainian, Russian, with English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer(s): Monica Hillström

This documentary had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was the Academy Award nominee for Best documentary film in 2023. The film is about children from a special orphanage in Eastern Ukraine. A small group of social workers is taking care of children who lost their parents in the war. They are trying to create a safe space for children near the front line. The filming of the documentary lasted for more than two years in the Donbas region.

Simon Lereng Wilmont’s “Distance Barking of Docs” received the Grand Prix at the 12th RUSDOCFILMFEST in 2019.

Fri, March 24