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Oscar: Documentary Film Screening

November 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oscar: Documentary Film Screening

Oscar: Documentary Film ScreeningOSCAR. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION.

Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary film Oscar (2018), introduced by the director and producer Aleksander Smoljanski and followed with a Q&A discussion.

Film run time: 90 minutes; Russian with English sub-titles.

The film shows a lot of archival photos and footage for the first time.

This crowdfunded, award-winning project is the story of one of the most famous Russian artists, Oscar Rabin (1928-2018), who challenged the Soviet communist system and managed to prevail. In 1974, he organized an open-air art exhibition, which the KGB smashed with bulldozers. This was the most effective act of civil disobedience in the USSR after Stalin’s death in 1953. The story spans three decades of the Soviet history and documents Oscar’s successful attempts to confront the regime with paints and brushes. This is a story about the power of non-violent resistance, about the borders of compromise, about people who tried to preserve internal freedom in a country that wasn’t free. It is a refugee success story: a story of love, art and human dignity.

Among the narrators and people who contributed to the film are writers Boris Akunin, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Vladimir Sorokin and Alexander Gorodnitsky; historians Vyacheslav Ivanov, Maya Turovskaya, Adam Michnik, Donald Rayfield, Georg Witte and Karl Eimermacher; artists Eric Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Oleg Tselkov and Vitaly Komar; and pianist Evgeny Kissin.

The film shows a lot of archival photos and footage for the first time.

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Publication in New York Times (Nov 11, 2018): Oskar Rabin, Defiant Artist During Soviet Era, Dies at 90

General Admission: $20
With Student ID: $10
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To pick the seats of your choice, please arrive early.
Doors open 7:30 pm



November 13, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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