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Friday, October 23

RUSDOCFILMFEST: Theater Behind Barbed Wire
10:00 am
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies

This documentary is premiering in the United States thanks to the 13th Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York (https://rusdocfilmfest.org/2020-movies), co-sponsored by our Center.
FREE TICKETS available for Pitt students in limited number via https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ucYTEo30SMtGip.
Films are available for viewing from 10 am (EST) on the day of the screening to 1:00 am (EST) the next day.
In 1943, a the height of World War II, when Stalinist repression remained at full force, the Vorkuta Camp Theater was founded. Every day, talented actors, artists and musicians were led out of their barracks at gunpoint in order to perform merry musical productions, which in fact was nothing but a theater of the absurd. By the War’s end, the theater, comprised of about 150 performers, had put on more than 600 shows and concerts. This horrifying, but in some ways joyful story, demonstrates that even in the worst conditions, thanks to talent and perseverance, the human spirit can survive.
Author/Director: Inna Kokorina
Producer: Alexander Radov
Studio: Fishka-Film
Year: 2019
Running time: 90 min
Country: Russia
Language: Russian, English subtitles