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Master Classes in Documentary Filmmaking

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Celebrated Russian film director Marina Razbezhkina will offer a series of public Master Classes on documentary filmmaking in the Winstanley Theatre, Trinity College, on the following dates:

MASTER CLASS I : Saturday, 1 MARCH , 2:30-5:30 pm

MASTER CLASS II : Friday, 7 MARCH , 7:00-10:00 pm

Each Master Class will introduce audiences to recent developments in Russian documentary film practice through the screening and discussion of a series of recent films from independent Russian filmmakers. Many of the films to be screened in this series were directed by students from the Moscow School of Documentary Film and Theatre, of which Razbezhkina is director and co-founder. The Master Classes are conceived as introductions to both the theory and the practice of documentary filmmaking. They will also offer intimate and unique insights into Russian life and culture in the 21t century. All films are subtitled in English. Razbezhkina will speak in Russian with English translation.

Marina Razbezhkina’s visit is sponsored by the Department of Slavonic Studies, Trinity College and the Russkii Mir Foundation (Moscow).

Marina Razbezhkina has written and directed over 40 documentary films and participated in competition or as a member of the jury at over 55 film international festivals. Razbezhkina’s documentaries include «House” (1990), “Love Him in Your Heart” (1990), “Dancing Hall” (1990), “The End of the Journey” (1991), “Listeners’ Choice Concert” (1991), “A Man Plays the Trumpet” (1994), “Strange Freedom of Being” (1995), “Heirs of Paradise” (1997), “Slavonic Dances” (1999), “I Feel It Is Time to Say Good-Bye” (2000), “Gennady Aigy” (2001), “Life Is a Boot without a Pair” (2001), “Underground” (2001), “Desire to Sing” (2001), “Just Life” (2002), “Looking Ground” (2002), “The Story of my Family” (2003), “A Foreign Country” (2004), “Vacation” (2005), “The Weather Is Fine” (2010), “People Deer Bogs” (2011), «Optical Axis» (2013).

In 2004 Razbezhkina made her first feature film “Harvest Time” which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2004. This film was screened at more than 50 international festivals and won prizes in Chicago, Thessaloniki, Taipei, Jeonju and many other festivals. It was nominated for the Fassbinder Award of the European Film Academy. Her second feature film, “Ravine”, an adaptation of Sergei Esenin’s story of the same name, was released in 2007.

Razbezhkina has lectured on the theory and history of visual culture at Kazan University (1992-1998) and taught documentary filmmaking at the Internews School of Journalism (2004-2005, Moscow). In 2008 Razbezhkina founded the School of Documentary Film and Documentary Theatre (Moscow), together with Mikhail Ugarov, artistic director of Moscow’s Teatr.doc. In 2012 students of the school were commissioned by the newspaper ‘Novaia Gazeta’ to make a documentary about the Russian protest movement, ‘Winter, Go Away!’. Produced by Razbezhkina, this film was screened at over 12 international festivals and throughout Russia, picking up multiple nominations and several prizes for ‘best debut’ and ‘best documentary film of the year’.

This talk is part of the Slavonic Film and Media Studies series.

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