Farewell USSR, Film I, Personal (1992)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |  
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This Russian documentary, filmed in 1992, examines the situation of Jewish people living in post-Gorbachov Russia. The lives of 5 Ukrainians are profiled. They are a child-care worker, a Jewish activist, a folk singer, a politician, and a popular music stage designer. Each person is interviewed at work. All reflect upon their country at a time when many other Jews are trying to leave it. Interspersed a month the interviews are archival film clips of important events such as a major flood in 1961, and a mass grave found near Kiev. That was where many Jews were slaughtered in 1941. The film, as even the director admits, is poorly subtitled into English.

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activism, child-care, Judaism, politician, songwriter, stage-designer, worker