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
Wings | 1966 | Dir: Larisa Shepit’ko | 85 minutes
This is an outstanding portrayal of a former World War II fighter pilot, Nadezhda Petrukhina, who is now living the quiet life of a school principal. Interspersing the moments of everyday monotony with brief, tantalizing memories of wartime experience, Wings provides a powerful commentary on both women’s participation in the Soviet war effort and the backlash they experienced after 1945.
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.