Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy
Fall Semester 2018/19
A Film of Her Own: Ten Movies by Russian Female Directors
For invitees only
Everybody Dies but Me | 2008 | Dir: Valeriia Gai Germanika | 80 minutes
A surprisingly powerful coming-of-age drama, this film is set in the suburbs of contemporary Moscow and focuses on three lower-class high-school girlfriends. Like most of Gai Germanika’s work, Everybody Dies but Me is deliberately provocative and evoked a scandalized response to its realistic depictions of child alcoholism, violence, and sex, combined with a generous amount of slang and profanity.
The Soviet Union prided itself on being the country that achieved full gender equality in all spheres of life. However, although a significant number of progressive policies were introduced after the 1917 Revolution, Soviet women continued to find themselves subject to widespread discrimination and exploitation throughout the twentieth century. This semester, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy explores how this ambiguity of modern female experience was reflected in ten movies made by Russian women directors. In the age of #MeToo, Time’s Up, and resurgent “anti-genderism” throughout Central and Eastern Europe, we examine the Soviet legacy of female emancipation and the subsequent transformation of gender roles in post-socialist Russia.
The screenings will take place at the Polonsky Auditorium on Tuesdays at 18:00 (except of the third screening, that is secluded on Wednesday), starting with a brief introduction by Dr. Pavel Vasilyev. All movies will be screened in the Russian original with English subtitles. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.