October 13, 2014

The Seventh Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York has come to a close. The festival ran October 10-12 at Tribeca Cinemas and DCTV in Manhattan, at the Brooklyn Public Library, and at the Russian Cultural Centre “Otrada”. Twenty one documentaries were shown; among them nineteen films were screened in the competition program. Six Russian film-directors and several American film-makers took part in the festival.

The festival guests included:

Ari Kagan, the Democratic District leader in 45 Assembly District, Community Liaison for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer;
Film-director Jonathan Alpert, Emmy Award laureate, Oscar nominee;
Anna Kanner-Danchak, Representative of the Russian Jewish Congress;
Peter Kaufman, President of the Intelligent Television, Inc.;
The Representatives of the Aristides Sousa Mendes Foundation;
Paul Marszalek, Senior Strategist, the Voice of America;
Mikhail Fishgoyt, the Russian famous film-maker in 1970s.

The following special programs and screenings were presented:

«In the Beginning Was the Word», devoted to Russian literature and contemporary writers;
«Remembering the Holocaust in the Contemporary World»;
“Wars of the XX century”;
“Open World”;
“Children of Russia”.

The winners of the festival are:

Grand Рrix: “Blood” by Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia);
Special Jury Prize: “Katia” by Anna Shishova (Russia);
Special Award “Images of Russia”: “Vasily Grossman: I Knew That I Was Dead” by Elena Yakovich (Russia);

Special Jury Diplomas:

– “The Holocaust – Is It a Wallpaper Paste?” by Mumin Shakirov (Russia) – for reflection of the theme “Remembering the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of the XX century”
– “I Was Your Son, Russia!” by V. Shatin (USA-Russia) – for reflection of the theme of emigration.

Special Diplomas of The New Review, Inc., the organizer of the festival:

– “Russian Dream” by S. Debizhev (Russia) – for reflection of the theme “Ironic Pilgrimage Culture in the Modern World”;
To producer Peter Kaufman, President of Intelligent Television, Inc., for his project“Russia’s Open Book in the Age of Putin” (USA);
Special Diplomas and Awards of VK-Studios, sponsors of the festival:
– “Straightening Sigh”by N. Tikhonov-Rau and Olga Arlauskaite (Russia);
– “Medem” by A. Naumov (Russia);

Commemorative Medal of the Pushkin Society in America: “Sonia” by Lucy Kostelianets (USA)

The 7th Russian Documentary Film Festival is organized by The New Review, Inc., the oldest intellectual literary journal of the Russian-speaking Diaspora based in New York since 1942, in partnership with the Diana Bagrationi Foundation (Organizing Partner & Supporter), the CausaArtium, Inc. (Partner in Creative Solutions), as well as the Russian National Guild of Documentary Films and Television (Media Associate, Russia). The sponsors of the festival were: “Russian Mir” Foundation, Rossotrudnichestvo, Centre of Boris Yeltsin, Russian Jewish Congress, RMHS, as well as American organizations: Russian Nobility Association in America, Inc., The Tcherepninе Society, Charitable Fund of Diana Bagrationi; VK Studios; Mrs. Tatiana Bobrinskoy, Capital Builders Group, Inc., Alex Soldier, Inc., Anna Richi, Inc., and others. The Informational Sponsor: NTV-America, ITAR-TASS, RBTH / New York Times; RTN, RUNYweb, Elegant New York, web portal YCROP (Young Creative Russians Online), and others.

Organizing committee 7th RDFF