Event Highlights: Russian Voices – Poetry in the Age of Totalitarianism

December 2nd, 2015 in Event Highlights

On November 18, the Boston University Castle welcomed Russian poets Sergey Gandlevsky and Katia Kapovich for a reading and conversation titled “Poetry in an Age of Totalitarianism.” Moderated by Daria Khitrova, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages at Harvard University, the evening also featured Philip Nikolayev, another prize-winning poet who, alongside his wife, Kapovich, is an editor of Fulcrum, “an annual of poetry and aesthetics.”

Sergey Gandlevsky was born in 1952 to a religious family, and began writing poetry at age 17. Influenced by the work of Pushkin, Gandlevsky’s poems are greatly biographical, and he says that memory plays a great role in his creativity. He is one of the underground Russian poets who, in the 70’s, began writing for themselves and their circles of friends during Russia’s Brezhnev era, forging new directions in Russian poetry, avoiding participation in what they saw as a morally bankrupt society. Gandlevsky has won the Little Booker Prize and the Anti-Booker Prize in 1996 for his poetry and prose. The first English translation of his poems, a book called A Kindred Orphanhood, was published in 2003.

Katia Kapovich was born in 1960 in the Soviet Union (now Chişinău, Moldova). She immigrated first to Jerusalem in 1990 and then to the United States in 1992. By 2002, she had received the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the United States Library of Congress. She has since been included in a number of periodicals including the London Review of Books, News from the Republic of Letters, and a Russian publication called Novy Mir. Her poems are composed in both English and Russian, incorporating elements of memory and mythology.

After being born in Moscow and raised in Russia and Moldova, Philip Nikolayev immigrated to the United States in 1990. He earned a BA and an MA at Harvard University and earned a PhD at Boston University. Nikolayev has published multiple poetry collections, and his poems often focus on philosophical questions and daily life, mixing formal and experimental poetry styles. Nikolayev now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kapovich.

 

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Watch the event here (BU login required), and click for more information about Gandlevsky, Kapovich, and Nikolayev.

 

-Toria Rainey, ’18

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Revolutionary Voices: Victory over the Sun (04/23/15)

March 12th, 2015 in Event Announcements

Victory_1Few theatrical creations of the 20th century are as mythically iconoclastic as Victory Over the Sun. Concocted by the trans-rational poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, the messiah of painterly abstraction Kazimir Malevich, and the avant-garde composer-painter Mikhail Matiushin, Victory was nominally called an opera. In fact, it was an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical, anti-literary piece of performance art, intended to topple aesthetic and intellectual hierarchies and idols. Please join us for a performance of this seminal early achievement of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater, and a discussion exploring what it can tell us about the connections among art, technology, and the humanities today.

Victory over the Sun
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
(MBTA Green Line “B” to BU Central or “C” to St. Mary’s St.)
Free and open to the public | Reception & book-signing to follow

The evening will open with an experimental production of Victory Over the Sun, directed by Anna Winestein, followed by comments by historian Harlow Robinson, a panel discussion with scholars and the creative participants in the production, and a book signing with the author of the newly re-issued translation of Victory, Larissa Shmailo.

Our digital-humanities interpretation of Victory will feature music composed and digitally mastered by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, voice performance by Larissa Shmailo,  visual design by Anna Winestein, and interactive digital projections created by Ajjen Joshi in the BU Computer Science Department.

The Revolutionary Voices project is directed by Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, and Minou Arjomand, Assistant Professor of English.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Provost Arts Initiative, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and the Department of English. Presented in collaboration with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press.

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Event Highlights: The Mother – A Cantata for Ferguson

October 26th, 2014 in Event Highlights, Podcasts

“They believe it will soon be over if they weaken the weakest.
But one day soon, change will come.”


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Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler wrote “The Mother” at a moment of extreme political upheaval. The Nazi Party was gaining power in Germany, and Brecht and Eisler would soon have to flee. The Mother reflected their hope for radical changes in society, changes that opera and theatre might help bring about.

What does this sort of political theatre mean to us today? Is it outdated, a museum piece? Or can it speak to contemporary issues of social justice?

These are just a few of questions taken up in last Wednesday’s performance of The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson. Interweaving Brecht/Eisler’s revolutionary cantata with new texts written by Boston University undergraduates about the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, MO, the musical tribute coincided with growing unrest in the city of Ferguson as the grand jury hearings leading up to Monday’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson drew to a close. The performance was followed by a roundtable discussion on the political power of performance and how we might look back to Brecht and Eisler’s works today.

Project Director: Minou Arjomand Assistant Professor of English, Boston University

Choral Conductor: Ekaterina Anoshkin PhD Candidate, College of Fine Arts, Boston University

Musical Director: Raphael Fusco Composer, collaborative keyboardist, and conductor

Featuring: Veronica Williams as the Mother and Thaddeus Bell as the Son

Other cast members included Mary Brown Bonacci, Valeska Cambron, Julia Cavallaro, John Cunningham, Emilia DiCola, Pardis Dabashi, Brian González, Laura Hansen, Justin Hicks, Ari Nieh, Daniel Rosensweig, and Ethan Sagin.

Panelists:

  • William Banfield Professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society, director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs, Berklee College of Music and BU STH alum. An award winning composer, jazz guitarist/recording artist, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press.
  • Raphael Fusco Musical director of “The Mother in Ferguson,” Fusco is a composer, collaborative keyboardist and conductor. His work has been commissioned by members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the String Quartet of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and numerous others. This fall, Fusco will join saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a national tour.
  • Pamela Lightsey Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning at BU’s School of Theology. She is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include: classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. Her live streamed videos from the Ferguson protests can be watched here.
  • Martin Puchner Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

For more information on participants and panelists please download the program. You can also listen to the performance on SoundCloud:

Sponsors: BU Center for the Humanities, Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost, African American Studies, Center for the Study of Europe, Jewish Cultural Endowment, School of Theology, Department of English, and Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures.

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The Mother – A Cantata for Ferguson (11/19/14)

October 9th, 2014 in Event Announcements, Featured

The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson

Based on Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s “The Mother”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 PM

Marsh Chapel at Boston University

“They believe it will soon be over if they weaken the weakest.
But one day soon, change will come.”

What does political opera mean to us today? Do works of the historical avant-garde still resonate? The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson interweaves Brecht/Eisler’s revolutionary cantata with new texts written by Boston University undergraduates about the shooting of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, MO.

Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler wrote “The Mother” at a moment of extreme political upheaval. The Nazi Party was gaining power in Germany, and Brecht and Eisler would soon have to flee. The Mother shows their hope for radical changes in society, changes that opera and theatre might help bring about. With this performance, we ask: what does this sort of political theatre mean to us today? Is it outdated, a museum piece? Or can it speak to contemporary issues of social justice?

The event will begin with a performance (c. 45 minutes) that interweaves Brecht/Eisler’s cantata “The Mother” with documentary material about the life and death of Michael Brown and subsequent events in Ferguson. Following the performance, a roundtable panel will discuss the political power of performance and how we might look back to Brecht and Eisler’s works today.

Project Director: Minou Arjomand Assistant Professor of English, Boston University

Choral Conductor: Ekaterina Anoshkin PhD Candidate, College of Fine Arts, Boston University

Musical Director: Raphael Fusco Composer, collaborative keyboardist, and conductor

Featuring: Veronica Williams as the Mother and Thaddeus Bell as the Son

Panelists:

  • William Banfield Professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society, director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs, Berklee College of Music and BU STH alum. An award winning composer, jazz guitarist/recording artist, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press.
  • Raphael Fusco Musical director of “The Mother in Ferguson,” Fusco is a composer, collaborative keyboardist and conductor. His work has been commissioned by members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the String Quartet of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and numerous others. This fall, Fusco will join saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a national tour.
  • Pamela Lightsey Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning at BU’s School of Theology. She is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include: classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. Her live streamed videos from the Ferguson protests can be watched here.
  • Martin Puchner Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Sponsors: BU Center for the Humanities, Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost, African American Studies, Center for the Study of Europe, Jewish Cultural Endowment, School of Theology, Department of English, and Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures.

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Event Highlights: Russian Voices – A Poetry Symposium and Philosophical Cabaret Event

December 21st, 2013 in Event Highlights, Podcasts

On Wednesday, November 20, with thanks to the Center for the Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Department of Modern Language and Comparative Literature, and Zephyr Press for their generous support, the Center for the Study of Europe hosted Russian Voices, a day-long celebration of Russian poetry, music, and culture. The event coincided with the launch, by Zephyr Press, of Relocations, an anthology of contemporary Russian poetry by Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova, and Maria Stepanova, edited by Catherine Ciepiela, and translated from the Russian by Catherine Ciepiela, Anna Khasin and Sibelan Forrester. We were delighted to bring the three poets together for the celebration, which featured panel discussions with the poets and their translators, a roundtable discussion moderated by local Russian poet Katia Kapovich, and rollicking “philosophical cabaret” performance by Psoy Korolenko and collaborator Alyona Arenkova. Also participating were BU faculty members Olga Livshin, Yuri Corrigan, and Katherine O’Connor; and Jim Kates from Zephyr Press. For the schedule of events, including bios of the participants, please see our earlier event announcement.

If you were not able to attend the symposium, you can listen recordings of the conversation below. And please support our friends at Zephyr Press by purchasing a copy of Relocations.

About the book:

The fall of the Soviet Union released creative energies that have shaped a new Russian poetry. Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova and Maria Stepanova belong to the generation that has led this epochal transformation. Born in the 1970s, they are old enough to have visceral memories of Soviet life but young enough to move adeptly with the new influences, new media and new choices introduced in the post-Soviet era. Together they represent a contemporary Russian culture that reaches beyond national borders: Barskova has emigrated to the US, Glazova is based in Germany and Stepanova is a lifelong Muscovite.

Their generation is also the last one raised on Russian modernism, which these poets are renovating from within.  While they possess the modernists’ erudition, they decline to worship high culture. They have no patience for modernist mythologies of the poet. They have moved beyond the modernists’ death-match with totalitarianism to think critically about politics and culture–Barskova as an historian of Petersburg, Glazova as a theorist and translator of Central European writing, and Stepanova as the editor of an independent online journal. They mistrust lyric emotion, confidently leaving behind Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova as poets of female desire while remaining conscious of themselves as writing women. As this gathering of these poets’ work signals, women are more influential in Russian poetry than ever before.

The poems in the book are presented in Russian and English.

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The Ballets Russes in 1913 (10/10/13)

September 27th, 2013 in Event Announcements

Join us for a talk by Center for the Study of Europe Visiting Researcher Anna Winestein. The Rite of Spring, which premiered one hundred years ago this year, was one of the seminal choreographic and musical compositions of the 20th century, and centenary celebrations have been taking place around the world. But 1913 was an important turning point for the Ballets Russes in other ways. This talk explores some of the other developments of that year for the most influential performing company in history, whose legacy transformed dance, music, visual art and performance in Europe, the US and the world. A special focus is on The Tragedy of Salomé, the other ballet premiered by the Ballets Russes in 1913.

Salome - portrait of Tamara Karsavina by G Barbier, 1914

Salome – portrait of Tamara Karsavina by G Barbier, 1914

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5 to 6:30 PM
Department of International Relations, 154 Bay State Road, 2nd floor

Anna Winestein, Visiting Scholar at the CSE and Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership, is an historian of Russian art and theater and a cultural entrepreneur. She is a BU alum, graduate of CFA, CAS and GRS.

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Russian Voices Symposium and Philosophical Cabaret (11/20/13)

July 11th, 2013 in Event Announcements

112013RELOCATIONSJoin us on Wednesday, November 20, for Russian Voices: Readings and Conversations with contemporary Russian poets Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova, and Maria Stepanova. This event celebrates the release by Zephyr Press of Relocations, a new anthology of Russian poetry, and brings together the three poets whose works are collected in the book and two of their English language translators: Catherine Ciepiela and Sibelan Forrester. Also participating are local poet Katia Kapovich; BU faculty members Olga Livshin, Yuri Corrigan, and Katherine O’Connor; and Jim Kates from Zephyr Press.

The symposium features individual panel discussions with each of the poets and a concluding roundtable, to be moderated by Katia Kapovich (see schedule below). The poetry sessions will be followed by a “philosophical cabaret” performance featuring Russian Jewish singer and songwriter Psoy Korolenko and musical collaborator Alyona Alyonkova, a reception, and a book-signing. The performance, entitled “Russian Riches,” contains compositions based on texts by Russian poets of the 20th century. The project, as Psoy Korolenko describes it, attempts to realize the cultural and spiritual connection between generations:

We consider this repertoire to be a certain kind of “edutainment” project, and see those involved in Slavic and Russian studies abroad as an important target audience. In 2007, ”The Cardboard House’’ based on Mikhail Kuzmin’s poem became a certain kind of a musical logo for Kuzmin’s readings at UCLA. And now that our new CD is released the same year with the Relocations book, we feel honored and lucky to be with Russian Voices at BU.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor

Schedule

11:30 – 11:45 AM Welcome Katherine O’Connor (Boston University) and Jim Kates (Zephyr Press)

11:45 AM – 1 PM Panel I Polina Barskova and Catherine Ciepiela

1 – 2 PM Lunch

2 PM – 3:15 PM Panel II Anna Glazova and Olga Livshin

3:15 – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 – 4:45 PM Panel III Maria Stepanova and Sibelan Forrester

4:45 – 5 PM Break

5 – 7 PM Roundtable: Polina Barskova, Catherine Ciepiela, Anna Glazova, Olga Livshin, Maria Stepanova, Sibelan Forrester, and Yuri Corrigan. Moderated by Katia Kapovich

7 – 9 PM Reception, book-signing and “Russian Riches performance with Psoy Kolorenko and Alyona Alyonkova

All events are free and open to the public. Join us for all or part of the celebration!

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the literary journal AGNI and Zephyr Press. With support from the Center for the Humanities at Boston University and the Jewish Cultural Endowment.

Participant Bios

112013BARSKOVAPolina Barskova, who was born and raised in St. Petersburg, emigrated to the United States in 1998 after graduating from St. Petersburg University with a degree in Classics; she went on to receive a Slavic PhD from UC Berkeley and now teaches at Hampshire College. She was a child prodigy, publishing her first book at age fifteen, and since then has continued to develop and publish at an amazing rate, with some eight books of poetry to her name (including The Lamentable City [Tupelo, 2010] and The Zoo in Winter [Melville 2010]). Her poems are often autobiographically based but they are not, in any simple sense, confessional; for her, quotidian scenes are occasions to magnify experience with the full power of the mind and senses, leading one critic to describe her as a Romantic.

112013GLAZOVAAnna Glazova has a similar life trajectory to Barskova’s. She received her earliest education in the Soviet system, moved to Frankfurt, Germany to study comparative literature at the Goethe-Universität, then received a PhD from Northwestern University. Her first book of poetry, Let Water (Pust’ I voda) appeared in 2003, followed by Loop. Unhalved (Petlia. Nevpolovinu) in 2008. If Barskova is interested in moving the past into the present, Glazova pushes Russian poetry along another axis, toward another cultural tradition. A specialist in modern German literature, she has done major translations of German authors into Russian, including Robert Walser, Unica Zürn and, most importantly, Paul Celan.

112013STEPANOVAMaria Stepanova continues to reside in her native Moscow. She is a founder and editor of the online journal openspace.ru, an opinion-maker for young intellectuals, and she is a well-known cultural commentator. Since 2003 when her first three books of poems appeared, she has published new work regularly and to acclaim. She combines a journalistic attention to contemporary politics and social problems – her poem “the Aviator” references the war in Chechnya – with wildly inventive, phantasmagorical scenarios. She is most famous for plot-driven “ballads” that she describes as a kind of prose, hence the title of her famous long poem “Prose of Ivan Sidorov” (“Proza Ivana Sidorova”).

112013KAPOVICHModerator Katia Kapovich is a bilingual poet writing in English and Russian. Born in Kishinev, Moldova, she emigrated from the Soviet Union, where she was a member of a literary dissident movement, in 1990. She is the author of five collections of Russian verse and of a book of English language poetry, Gogol in Rome (Salt, 2004), shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh Prize 2005 in England. Her English poems have also appeared in the London Review of Books, The New Republic, The Independent, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, The American Scholar, The Antioch Review, Jacket, and numerous other periodicals. She received the 2001 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the US Library of Congress. In 2007 she was Poet-in-Residence at Amherst College. With her husband, the poet Philip Nikolaiev, she co-edits Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.

112013MUSICPsoy Korolenko is the stage-name of well-known Russian songwriter, singer, performer, critic and slavist, Pavel Eduardovich Lion. Performing primarily on keyboard instruments like the Casio sequencer in accordion timbre, Psoy experiments with various song traditions while singing in seven different language, including Russian, Yiddish, English and French. He draws musical inspiration from Tom Lehrer, Tiny Tim, Russian bard songs, Jewish street musicians and Russian rock music. Psoy is often compared to a modern skomorokhs – a medieval East Slavic actor who sings, dances, plays musical instruments and composes their own music and dramatic performances. His live show uses elements of artistic conceptualism and authentic folklore tradition and is described as a deep psychological process and an existential experience.

112013ALYONAAlyona Alyonkova (real name Alyona Arenkova) is a prize winning pianist, composer and arranger. She lives and works in St. Petersburg. In collaboration with Psoy Korolenko, she has released two CD’s of ”Russkoe Bogatstvo” (Russian Riches) programs.

The “Russian Voices” symposium is organized in tandem with our “European Voices” series – an ongoing series of conversations with artists and writers, activists and intellectuals exploring questions at the intersection of politics and culture, generously funded by the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC. It addresses similar questions of language, culture, nation, history, and the role of the poet in society.

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Center for the Study of Europe Launches Russian Film Series (Fall 2013)

July 8th, 2013 in Event Announcements

During the fall of 2013, our focus at the Center for the Study of Europe is on Russia. The Russian Voices Film Series is intended to complement our forthcoming Russian Voices Symposium and Philosophical Cabaret. The poets, musicians, and filmmakers featured in the series are each, in their own way, engaged in re-thinking oppositions such as ”classic vs pop,” ”serious vs. light,” ”official (Soviet) vs. dissident,” ”national vs. international,” and ”mainstream vs. alternative” in the Russian culture of the late 20th century and in re-contextualizing these oppositions in the 21st century via unorthodox and innovative genres, linking poetry to theater, music and performance art. The Russian Voices program is being organized in the context of a larger “European Voices” series, which is funded by the European Commission Delegation. It addresses similar questions of language, culture, nation, history, and the role of the artist in society, and targets a similar broad audience of students, faculty, and members of the public. Our interest in both programs is in facilitating “conversations across disciplines.”

The Russian Voices Film Series is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, which welcomes two new Russian language faculty this fall: Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, and Olga Livshin, Lecturer in Russian.

Monday, September 30 @ 6 PM
Film Screening: Stilyagi (“Hipsters”)

101413STILYAGIPlease join us for a screening of Valeriy Todorovskiy’s 2008 film Hipsters!

Featuring an all-starcast, dynamic script and slick cinematography, Stilyagi takes the viewer on an epic joy ride through 1955 Moscow, two years after Stalin’s death. At the height of the Cold War in the Soviet Union, the titular stilyagi were a bunch of Western-oriented hipsters who loved jazz, exhibited questionable morals and enjoyed dressing with style. Mels (Anton Shagin), a seemingly brainwashed member of the Communist youth group Komsomol, falls in love with Polza (Oksana Akinshina) while raiding an illegal underground nightclub . Polza invites Mels to join her and her friends on “Broadway” and Mels is dumbfounded when he shows up to the party dressed plainly and looking apologetic. Striving to win Polza’s attention, Mels utimately abandons Komsomol and joins the stilyagl, chasing after Polza comically throughout the rest of the film as he learns to play the saxophone, dance jazz,and dress like a movie star.

Introduced by Anna Winestein, Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Europe

Monday, October 21 @ 6 PM
Film Screening: Svadba (“The Wedding”)

093013THEWEDDINGPlease join us for a screening of The Wedding (2000), directed by Pavel Lungin!

In a small mining village near Moscow the wedding of Michka and Tania is being prepared. Tania, Michka’s child love, is back from Moscow. In the family of Michka, this wedding does not delight anybody. The father, hero of the village, sees all the guests he’ll have to feed. The grandfather sees, him,with an evil eye “this creature” entering the family and the mother cries for the fate of her son. But the wedding starts, without money, maybe without bride… A true spectacle where all is possible, whereas worst or best, where the limits vanish, where the drama is as close as happiness.

Pavel Lungin: This project was born from questions which torment me and for which I have no answers. How does the Russian people survive in year 2000 ? I do not speak about great misfortunes : war, the Maffia or the corruption, but about the everyday life. What became the family, love, childhood, friendship ? Did people change ? Can they change ? I’ve desired to paint through situations sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, the collective portrait of a mining provincial town, that of Lipki, a small borough 200 kilometers from Moscow. There, the time seems to be stopped : socialism era is over and the new life hasn’t started yet. The main actors are surrounded by the inhabitants of Lipki, images of these people forgotten by their government, the artists and the whole world. These million Russians lost in the middle of their country. The main character of film, Michka, is ingenuous, “idiotic” in the sense of Dostoïevski, someone for whom sacrifice is as natural as breathing. In Russia, a proverb says : “Without a right man, a village cannot exist.” This is the key sentence of this film, because as long as in Russia the force and the kindness of people like Michka will remain, this country will always have forces.

Introduced by Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature.

Monday, October 28 @ 6 PM
Film Screening and Director Talk: “My Perestroika” with Robin Hessman
Reception to follow

102813MYPERESTROIKAJoin us for a screening of My Perestroika and a conversation with Director, Producer, and Cinematographer Robin Hessman. My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. [More about the film]

Robin Hessman graduated from Brown University with a dual degree in Russian and Film. She received her graduate degree in film directing from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow (with a “red diploma” of honors). She received an Academy Award® in 1994 – with co-director James Longley – for their student film, Portrait of Boy with Dog. During her eight years living in Russia, Robin worked for the Children’s Television Workshop as the on-site producer of Ulitsa Sezam, the original Russian-language Sesame Street. [More about Hessman]

The Russian Voices Film Series is jointly free and open to the public.
Screenings take place at 6 PM in the Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206

[Download flyer]

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