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  • Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

    Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World - A behind-the-scenes history of the Soviet Union's 10-year long war in Afghanistan.

  • Alois Nebel - It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border.

  • Amateur Photographer - The story of a German soldier and the photographs that he took, while serving on the Eastern Front during WWII.

  • Andre's Lives - The story of Andre Steiner, dubbed "the Jewish Schindler," who saved thousands of Slovak Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Art and Oligarchs

    Art and Oligarchs - Newly-minted Russian art collectors have many reasons for investing in fine art, some more sleazy than others.

  • C

  • A Child's Century of War - Takes the viewer on a journey through the past century - the bloodiest in history - from the perspective of children, and tells their stories in their voices.

  • The Coal Miner's Day - Every day hundreds of men risk life and limb going down into the Buzhanska mine in the Ukraine to mine coal with rusty old tools from the Soviet era.

  • D

  • The Democratic Revolutionary Handbook - A how-to manual to the recent democratic (but definitely not spontaneous) revolutions in Georgia, Serbia, and the Ukraine.

  • Diamonds in the Dark

    Diamonds in the Dark - From a traditional village bordering Ukraine, to the relatively sophisticated city of Bucharest, a portrait of how Romanian women lived under the old regime, and how they confront the new problems of the post-communist era.

  • Disco and Atomic War - The Soviet regime in Estonia went head to head with J.R. Ewing and the heroes of Western television...and lost.

  • Do Communists Have Better Sex? - In divided Germany, studies showed that East Germans enjoyed their sexual lives more than their West German counterparts. What could account for the difference?

  • E

  • East Punk Memories - Punks who struggled with Hungary's communist regime discuss their experiences, music and mohawks.

  • Epoca

    Epoca - How is history created? What does or does not enter our memory? By staging a variety of historical fragments, this meditative documentary challenges the idea of "authentic" history.

  • F

  • Forever Lenin - Why, and how, was Lenin mummified in 1924? And how, and why, is he still on display in Red Square today?

  • From The East - Chantal Akerman retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. "One of the 10 Best Films of the 1990s."— J. Hoberman, Artforum

  • G

  • The Gas Weapon - A clear, much-needed examination of the role natural gas and gas pipelines play in the geopolitics of Russia and Ukraine.

  • A Grin Without A Cat

    A Grin Without A Cat - Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Che, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.

  • H

  • The Hermitage Dwellers - This kaleidoscope of people and events in the great museum unfolds into a poignant account of Russia's painful 20th century transformed by the "dwellers" intimate relationship with the art.

  • Hermitage-Niks - This five-part series is the expanded, in-depth version of THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS.

  • How Putin Came to Power - A detailed investigation, with archives and exclusive interviews with the participants, into how Vladimir Putin rose from mayoral aide in St. Petersburg, to President of Russia, in only eight years.

  • I

  • In the Intense Now

    In the Intense Now - A meditation on 1968 political uprisings in France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil.

  • Inheritance - After a gold mine floods a Hungarian river with tons of cyanide, fisherman Balazs Meszaro stands alone against a multinational corporation, exposing environmental and human consequences of globalization.

  • Intervista - Albanian artist Anri Sala's moving reflection on his mother's history, and his country's.

  • K

  • K.O.R. - An insider's look at Poland's dissident Workers Defense Committee - and how the group's actions led directly to the formation of the Solidarity union and the end of Poland's Communist regime.

  • Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe

    Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe - Twenty years after Ceausescu, Romanian GDP is low and infrastructure poor. Interviewing the oligarchs who control the Romanian economy, this film finds out what happened.

  • L

  • Liberation: The User's Guide - Yulia and Katia are inmates held in a Siberian mental facility against their wishes.

  • Lotman's World - The story of Yuri Lotman (1922-1993), little-known - except maybe in Estonia! - pioneer of semiotics.

  • M

  • The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear - A kaleidoscopic view of life for young adults in the contemporary Republic of Georgia.

  • Magnitogorsk

    Magnitogorsk - The fortunes of three generations living in the shadow of Russia's most breathtaking industrial project of the 1930s. The film was inspired by Joris Ivens'Song of the Heroes. (from the January, 1998 Catalog Supplement)

  • N

  • 900 Days - Unforgettable life stories told by survivors of the Siege of Leningrad, where more than 1 million people died during World War II.

    O

  • 1989: A Statesman Opens Up - How did a political novice guide Hungary through a critical historical period and contribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall?

  • Our Newspaper - A couple starts their own newspaper in rural Russia... which lands them in danger.

  • P

  • Perestroika from Below

    Perestroika from Below - An unprecedented visit with miners in Donetsk, Ukraine, after they called for the first mass strike in the USSR since the 1920s.

  • R

  • Rabbit a la Berlin - 2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject. The history of the Berlin Wall from the rabbits' point-of-view.

  • Revue - A portait of life in the USSR in the '50s and '60s, this is the new film by Sergei Loznitsa (Blockade).

  • Russia's Wonder Children - Child prodigy pianists, and the story of Moscow's famed Central Music School.

  • S

  • Safe Haven: The United Nations and the Betrayal of Srebrenica

    Safe Haven: The United Nations and the Betrayal of Srebrenica - Investigates the possibility of complicity - knowing or not - by the commanders of the United Nations forces in Bosnia in the disaster that befell Srebrenica.

  • Stony Paths - Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, Arnaud undertakes a trek across Anatolia to study the Armenian Genocide.

  • T

  • Tango of Slaves - A Holocaust survivor's journey to Warsaw becomes the springboard for a meditative essay about history, memory, and their preservation in imagery.

  • They Would All Be Queens - The stories of women from the Soviet Union who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

  • The 3 Rooms of Melancholia

    The 3 Rooms of Melancholia - An award-winning, stunningly beautiful revelation of how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya.

  • Three Songs about Motherland - A film about collisions between the past, present, and future in three Russian cities today.

  • The Two Lives of Eva - The complicated, traumatic story of a young woman, the filmmaker's mother, a well-off, Polish Lutheran before WWII, who afterwards married a Jewish Warsaw ghetto survivor.

  • W

  • The World According to Russia Today - The channel Russia Today was launched in 2005 to bring the Russian perspective on world events to a global audience.

  • Y

  • Yellow Wasps

    Yellow Wasps - Chronicles the Yellow Wasps, a Serbian paramilitary unit operating in Bosnia in 1992.

  • Yugoslavia: Origins of a War - Provides a detailed background to the ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, using only archive and unpublished material.

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