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Saturday, May 1

Russian Film Symposium 2021: Post-Soviet Time in Contemporary Documentaries
11:00 am
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies along with the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, The Humanities Center, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Film and Media Studies Program, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies and The Pittsburgh Foundation

This panel will include a screening and discussion of Exact Time (Точное время, 2017) by Tat’iana Stefanenko and Stasya is Me (Стася—это я, 2020) by Stasia Granovskaia. In their films, both filmmakers reflect on the intricacies of post-Soviet temporalities. Stefanenko’s film is about a Moscow research institute of time measuring; its obsolete machines, designed in the Soviet period, and frustrated staff, educated in the USSR, seem to be out of synch with modern Russia. Granovskaia, in her turn, combines her cinematic biography and autobiography by being both an object and subject of the camera, which records the life cycle of one family with its births and deaths. While Stefanenko’s film makes the viewer think about an overarching relationship between Soviet and post-Soviet temporalities in a metaphysical fashion, Granovskaia’s film pieces home video footage from the 1990s and contemporary family chronicle together to demonstrate how these temporalities are inhabited and lived by one family.
This screening will be available worldwide during the duration of the panel.
Curator and Host: Dinara Garifullina, Ph.D. Student
Film and Media Studies Program
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh

Introducer: Bella Grigoryan, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh

Respondent: Anastasia Kostina, Ph.D. Candidate
Film and Media Studies
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Yale University

Please register for the screening here: https://watch.eventive.org/rfs/play/6074a11f2bcd4e00b344d26b
Please register for the introduction and discussion here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__mMTRvcPT_-0tbXjkLjPsw