Documentary “Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny”;
Q/A session with Jonathan Sandys, Churchill’s great-grandson, and Mark Zaltsberg.
Jonathan Sandys, a great-grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill is an international public speaker on the life and times of his illustrious relative and the impact Sir Winston still has on the world today. Churchill’s courage and determination enabled the British to stand firm against Hitler and the Nazis, even when France surrendered and Britain stood alone. The example of Sir Winston Churchill is a legacy of success and stands as a demonstration of how one man’s determination in the face of defeat can change the world forever.
Mark Zaltsberg is a knowledgeable person and experienced speaker. His numerous presentations on different topics at the Russian Cultural Center are always memorable events for both Russian and English speaking guests. He will ask Mr. Sandys questions regarding Sir Churchill and also share his own passion and knowledge about this great man.
NARRATOR: Houston is the largest city in the southern United States. Residents of this metropolis speak more than 90 languages from around the world. Here in Texas, Jonathan Sandys—the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill—found his wife and his home.
The pouring rain here serves as a reminder of London. The great-grandson of the former prime minister—who was voted as the greatest Briton in history in a BBC poll—gives lectures about Sir Churchill’s legacy, publishes the online blog Churchill Bulletin, and has written a book coming out in October.
SANDYS: ‘Ya vas lyublyu’…that means ‘I love you’!
NARRATOR: This declaration of love is the only Russian the 40-year old great-grandson of Churchill knows. But today, this phrase is very appropriate. The Russian Cultural Center in Houston dedicated an evening to Churchill’s memory. In honor of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II, the Center also hosts an exhibition of photographs by the legendary photographer Samary Gurariy, who captured historic images of meetings of the “Big Three”—leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition. What’s more, Jonathan’s uncle Nicholas Soames—Churchill’s grandson and member of the House of Commons—was the official representative of the British Prime Minister at celebrations in Moscow on May 9. “It was a general victory for all the Allies, their common cause. My great-grandfather was very much opposed to communism, but was much more opposed to Nazism. And, at the end of the day, when the Russians were attacked by Hitler, Russia thought that she was alone. And I think that Stalin was quite surprised when my great-grandfather said, “If you want to join us as an ally, you are most welcome.” In actual fact, a few weeks before Hitler attacked Russia, he called Stalin to warn him, but Stalin didn’t believe him. We Britons and Americans are very grateful to Russia for its special contribution to the victory.
NARRATOR: In Russian history, the attitude towards Churchill has always been influx: the positive excitement of the perestroika/glasnost period and early Yeltsin years was replaced by a wary, if not hostile, view in conjunction with a “reversion back to the Soviet Union”. Churchill has an aphorism regarding this issue: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Those who fought on the frontlines and saw the war are becoming fewer and fewer, while the latest history textbooks feature this politician primarily as the author of the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Fulton. Many in Russia are convinced that it was this speech (not the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe and creation of pro-Kremlin regimes there) that gave rise to the “Cold War”. Last year, thanks to FBI archives that have been opened, we learned of Churchill’s appeal to President Truman to drop an atomic bomb on the Kremlin.
SANDYS: My great-grandfather was very much opposed to communism, because he saw that people were basically enslaved. But he took an important decision during the war to separate the German people from the Nazis, so that at the end of the war, the German people would be welcomed back into the flock of Europe. The same was done with Russians and communism. There were the Russian people and communists. And I still think that’s the case today. Yes, unfortunately…people like Stalin have put Russia’s position with Europe way back, because countries like America, countries like Britain, find it very difficult to trust the Russian government. But the Russian people are absolutely fantastic, wonderful people and if we have to fight someone again, we’d really like to have the Russians on our side. I don’t think that’s the government, so much as regular people.
NARRATOR: “Never surrender!”, the rule Winston Churchill followed since his school days, became a slogan for his whole country during World War II.
SANDYS: Churchill had great courage. Churchill had great faith. That’s what we’re missing today: strong leaders who are brave, have strong faith and are honest. Honest people who won’t lie to use and who believe in their people.
NARRATOR: The Churchill Challenge, as the prime minister’s great-grandson called it, is designed to improve and develop leadership qualities in oneself. He proposes that everybody start a journal to write about deeds that display courage, faith, and honesty. The main thing is to remember: “Never surrender!”
Alexander Panov, in a special report for “Nastoyashee Vrema”. Houston, Texas. Sponsors:
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.
“Yellow Stars” is a concerto for orchestra in seven parts by Russian composer Isaac Iosifovich Shvarts, born 13 May 1923. Composed in 1998, the work was inspired by surviving diaries written from various Jewish Ghettos in World War II that the composer read. ”The idea of writing this work came to me while reading a shattering personal account of life in the Kovno ghetto in Kaunas (southern Lithuania). I was particularly moved by the description of the happy Jewish festival of Purim. Under the barbaric conditions of the death camp, it becam a ’festival of nooses’.” The concerto was recently recorded in Moscow by the National Philharmonic of Russia, conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.
In 2004, New York film producer, Joan Grossman, used film and still photography to create the film “Yellow Stars: Purim in the Ghetto.” This film is set to the Spivakov recording. Grossman has said that the film “is structured around the symphony’s seven movements. It is a collage of images from the war on the Eastern front, as the Germans fought the Russians, and from Jewish ghettos in Lodz, Warsaw, Kovno, and elsewhere. The images are punctuated with short excerpts from ghetto diaries that help to anchor the piece in place and time with personal thoughts and observations. The film is a meditation on fragments of film and writings, remnants of countless people who for the most part did not survive.”
This is a first time screening of this film will in Texas.
When: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Where: 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
Tickets: $7; RCC members – $5
Information: 713-395-3301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
В субботу 17 марта, в 19:00 у нас в Русском культурном центре «Наш Техас» был показан документальный фильм режиссера Романа Ширмана « Опасно свободный человек». Фильм этот о гениальном режиссере Сергее Параджанове, и показом этого фильма мы завершаем нашу фотовыставку о Грузии фотохудожника Юлии Вайнер.
Роман Ширман — заслуженный деятель искусств Украины. Окончил режиссерский факультет ВГИКа. Лауреат национальных и международных кино- и телефестивалей. Его последний документальный фильм, посвященный Сергею
Параджанову — « Опасно свободный человек », — собрал едва ли не все высшие награды на фестивалях кино, а также стал номинантом российской национальной премии « Ника » в конкурсе лучших иностранных фильмов 2005 года.
“Опасно свободный человек” – смешной и грустный фильм о великом импровизаторе и фантазере – ироничная попытка соединить документальные кадры с анимацией, воспроизводящей фантазии знаменитого режиссера. Например, такой эпизод: “Как-то Сергей Параджанов пришел в Театр на Таганке на обсуждение нового спектакля Юрия Любимова. Постановку все ругали, режиссера обвиняли в неумении работать с актерами и читать материал. Вдруг на сцену выскочил Параджанов: “Поздравляю, коллега, – закричал он и обнял Любимова, – это великий спектакль. А если вас выгонят из театра, тоже ничего! Я уже много лет нигде не работаю и ведь живу. Папа Римский присылает мне по почте бриллианты, я их продаю. На жизнь хватает”.
Билеты на просмотр фильма «Опасно свободный человек» будут продаваться у нас в центре заранее.
Когда: суббота, 17 марта, 19:00
Где: 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
Билеты: $ 7; для членов центра – $5
Справки по телефону 713-395-3301 или пишите email@example.com
In-house film screening “Опасно свободный человек” (in Russian) will take place March 17, 2007 at