The best works of independent Russian movie makers will be screened in five cities of Texas: Houston, Dallas, Austin, College Station and Lubbock. Our partners are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington – Dallas, SMU, Texas A&M – College Station, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, and The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.
Three months of revolution. From indignant protest to national unity. From pots on their heads to batons and body armour. From the euphoria of victory to the mourning of the fallen Heavenly Hundred. Revolution as an explosion of revived dignity, as the euphoria of freedom, as the pain of awareness at the cost, as the birth of the modern history of Ukraine.
Museum “Revolution”. Presented by producer Anatoly Golubovskiy
University of Houston, AA AUD 2. Directions: Visitor parking is available in the Stadium Garage (on Holman between Scott St. and Cullen Rd.) or in the Welcome Center Garage (Calhoun Rd.). For map click HERE
Russian Culture Society & McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech Office of International Affairs & The CHFoundation
Television had become an essential part of our daily life. It is impossible to imagine our civilization without it. And it is hard to believe that television was actually invented less than 100 years ago.
The film “Iconoscope” by acclaimed director Vitaly Manskiy is a chance to grasp the entire history of television in 100 minutes of enthralling and paradoxical spectacle.
There are two more principal characters in this film, both of them TV stars, Dan Rather and Igor Kirillov. For the audiences in the U.S. and the Soviet Union their names were synonymous with the television.
“Pussy Riot – The Movement”, narrated by Daryl Hannah, covers nearly three years of the Pussy Riot saga. It begins with the arrest of the remarkable women: Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alekhina and Katia Samutsevich on a dark street in Moscow and continues through the two-year imprisonment of Nadia and Masha, their “early” release and continued activism at the Sochi Olympics and throughout Russia and the world.
Russian Cultural Center Our Texas presents Musical Evening dedicated to Great Russian singer Feodor Chaliapin.
Feodor Chaliapin is perhaps the most legendary operatic bass in history. Possessed of a large and beautiful voice, he devoted himself to all aspects of his art — most significantly his dramatic portrayals.
Program: fragments of unique documentaries with live Chaliapin, excerpts of audio records 1900-1927 years, exhibit of singer’s portraits, display of books and photo albums about Chaliapin, presentation by Mark Zaltsberg.
Mark Zaltsberg is the passionate lover of opera music and collects the materials about Feodor Chaliapin all his life. He is the owner of the full collection of Chaliapin’s records. For many years Mark was a translator for visiting Russian singers at Houston Grand Opera.
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited.
Structured around the 1973 Soviet propaganda cruise to the United States, which Shostakovich took two years before his death, this film parallels an ocean voyage with the composer’s personal journey from child prodigy to bitter tool of the Politburo. Mixing Soviet propaganda films with snippets of symphonies and rare film of composer at work, directors Oksana Dvornichenko and Helga Landauer portray a man compromising his art to save his life.
As the film jumps back and forth from shipboard frivolities to ecstatic public adorations of Stalin, directors throw in random treasures of synchronized street ballets performance by beaming girls in bathing suits, Paul Robeson singing a Russian folk song, and Shostakovich confessing his hatred of movies and love of Guy de Maupassant.
While the composer’s motivation remains murky, the triumph of his music perfectly matches the aesthetics of Soviet agitprop, pushing Shostakovich’s personal beliefs aside until all that’s left is music for the masses.
Community screening with directors’ permission.
Please, purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.