Annual Independent Russian-American Documentary Film Festival in New York​
Since 2008​

Oct. 18-24, 2021


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13th RusDocFilmFest Catalogue

Festival Catalogue

News Update 09.05.2020

The 13th Annual Independent Documentary Film Festival in New York will take place on October 19-25, 2020. This year the festival will only run online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Screenings will be held through the online platform Online Theater during the festival dates.

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Festival Program

The festival program includes 14 screenings of carefully-selected documentaries created in the last two years by filmmakers from (in alphabetical order): Armenia, Bulgaria, Israel, France, Kazakhstan, Spain, and Russia.

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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)