Winners of RusDocFilmFest 2021

Winners of RusDocFilmFest 2021
This year awards were given to:

Grand Prix — “Listiev. A New Perspective”, director Rodion Chepel, producer Maria Serpionova (Russia)

Special Jury Prize — “Politzek is the New Black”, director Konstantin Davydkin, producer Maria Muskevich (Russia)

The Humanitarian Award — “Truth to Power”, director Garin Hovannisian (USA)

People’s Choice — “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, film director Peter Rosen (USA)

Faces of Russia“The Sakharov Case”, director Elena Yakovich (Russia)

Jury Special Diplomas and Prizes:

Best Cinematography — “A Shroud of Incense”, director Sasha Kretsan (Russia)

Best Director — Elena Yakovich (Russia), “The Sakharov Case”

The Special Prize of the Pushkin Society in America — film “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, film director Peter Rosen (USA)


In the FREE WORLD program:

(this program is awarded by The New Review Inc., the organizer of the festival)
— In the category Free Word“Bless You”, director Tatiana Chistova, producer Maciek Hamela (Russia / Poland)

— In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial and Depiction”, director Joe Berlinger (USA)

— In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Remembrance: Following the Trail of the Holocaust”, director Eugenii Bezborodov (Russia / Moldova)

— In the category Genius Loci“Dossier of Laughter”, director Oleg Kovachev (Bulgaria)

— In the category Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century diplomas goes to film “Dora”, film director Natalia Bernadskaya (USA)

— In the category Best Original Story diplomas goes to film “Temporarily Closed”, film director Semen Pinkhasov (USA)

In the ETERNAL VALUES program:

Best Film Script — “Stanislavsky: Lust for Life”, director Yulia Bobkova (Russia)

Best Music Documentary — “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, director Peter Rosen (USA)

— In the category Genius Loci — “Serge Hollerbach. A Russian Artist in New York”, director A’Dora Phillips, producer Brian Schumacher (USA)

Best Inspirational Film — “ALILO. THE Rebirth of Georgian Chants”, director Philipp Orlyansky (Russia / Georgia)

In the FRESH LOOK program:

— In the category WOW “Shadows of Your Childhood”, director Michael Gorobchuk (Russia)

Best Short Film (under 5 min) — “Magdalena”, director Nina Zaretskaya (USA)

All participants of the 14th RUSDOCFILMFEST were granted an Honorary Award.


The award ceremony took place on October 23, 2021, at the Social Documentary Film Theater in the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

RUSDOCFILMFEST laureates who were unable to attend the Festival will receive their award by mail.

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•  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)