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RUSSIA IN TRANSITION: the films of sergei loznitsa (series)
RUSSIA IN TRANSITION: the films of sergei loznitsa (series)

Russia  Eastern Europe 

One of our most important and urgent documentary filmmakers, Loznitsa has been documenting the changes in countries of the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the cold war. His films are poetic, insightful and haunting portraits of contemporary Russia. This four-volume set includes: Factory, Portrait, The Settlement, The Train Station.

THE ANGELMAKERS
THE ANGELMAKERS

Women's Studies  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Aging / Gerontology  Eastern Europe  Death & Dying  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Directed by Women 

In a sleepy Hungarian village, after the First World War, a series of arsenic murders took place. Over 140 bodies were discovered. The victims, all men, were apparently killed by their wives.

RIVER OF TIME
RIVER OF TIME

Science  Russia  Physical Science  Europe  Eastern Europe 

A poetic journey into the groundbreaking theories of Russian scientist Igor Novikov, renowned for his work in astrophysics and amazing theories on the concept of time.

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CARPATI: 50 Miles, 50 Years

Jewish Studies  Music  Eastern Europe 

Carpati: 50 Miles 50 Years focuses on Zev Godinger, a Jewish ice cream man of the Carpathian Mountains, a self-described "proste" (ordinary) Jew who embarks on a symbolic pilgrimage to his hometown.

UNDER FIRE: Soviet Women Combat Veterans Of World War II
UNDER FIRE: Soviet Women Combat Veterans Of World War II

Women's Studies  Sociology  Russia  Europe  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

Under Fire captures powerful first-person accounts by five decorated Soviet women as they describe stepping into a man’s world and fighting amid blood and death.

MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE
MY GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE

Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

A personal documentary that follows filmmaker Eileen Douglas's determined search to find her grandfather's house in Lithuania, the home he lived in and left behind in 1911 when he fled, at 16, from Kovno to America to escape the Tsar's Army.

COUNTERPOINT FOR HER
COUNTERPOINT FOR HER

Women's Studies  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Europe  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

Counterpoint For Her exposes the brutal reality of human trafficking. This eye-opening documentary follows several men and women intimately involved in the trade, including a local Bosnian girl who, while living in Italy in 1992, was sold into the trade by a good friend of her brother.

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PICTURES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

Sociology  Europe  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

This video chronicles the filmmaker’s quest to uncover the mystery of her Slovak identity and heritage. As a young girl growing up during the Cold War, she was curious about the 'strange' language spoken by her grandmother and the enigma that shrouds her past.

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POLA'S MARCH

Eastern Europe  Jewish Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

This inspirational video chronicles the emotional journey home of one Holocaust survivor—Pola Susswein.

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K. MALEVICH: TRANSFIGURATION

Russia  Eastern Europe  Art History 

Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), a Russian painter best known for his founding in 1913 of the Suprematism movement, is one of the founding fathers of the avant-garde. This video portrays the vision of this innovative artist whose aesthetic ideas revolutionized customary perceptions of the fine arts.

CZECH WOMEN: NOW WE ARE FREE
CZECH WOMEN: NOW WE ARE FREE

Women's Studies  Sociology  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" of November 1989, which put an end to decades of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, has led to a remarkable transformation of people's day-to-day lives.

A TRIAL IN PRAGUE (56 min.)
A TRIAL IN PRAGUE (56 min.)

Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

This video chronicles an infamous political show trial that took place in Czechoslovakia at the height of the Cold War. In 1952 fourteen leading Communists, including Rudolf Slansky, the second most powerful man in the country, were tried on charges of high treason and espionage.

SUMMER IN IVYE
SUMMER IN IVYE

Eastern Europe  Jewish Studies  Peace & Conflict  Russia  Performing Arts  Sociology  Directed by Women 

The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, food was scarce, but spirits were high. The tiny dirt road town was turned upside down with audiences and media from every corner of the world—and those involved in the production that summer in Ivye were forever changed.

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PRELUDE TO KOSOVO: WAR AND PEACE IN BOSNIA AND CROATIA

Sociology  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Eastern Europe 

This video, part of a series of documentaries on conflict resolution in the world's trouble spots, depicts the bitter civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Shot on location in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, the documentary combines graphic footage and interviews with religious and political figures. It examines the ideology of "ethnic cleansing" and the massacres resulting from a nationalist quest for political, cultural and religious domination.

PORRAIMOS: EUROPE'S GYPSIES IN THE HOLOCAUST
PORRAIMOS: EUROPE'S GYPSIES IN THE HOLOCAUST

Sociology  Jewish Studies  Health  Europe  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

This historical video chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust—Porraimos, or "the devouring." It is the first American documentary to expose how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies.

LUBOML: MY HEART REMEMBERS
LUBOML: MY HEART REMEMBERS

Sociology  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

This historical video uses rare film footage, an extensive collection of archival photos, and interviews with former residents to re-create the fabric of daily life in the predominantly Jewish market town, or shtetl, of Luboml in prewar Poland.

L'CHAYIM, COMRADE STALIN!
L'CHAYIM, COMRADE STALIN!

World History  Sociology  Russia  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Immigration 

Traces the history of Birobidzhan, the capital of the Soviet Union's Jewish Autonomous Region, from 1928 to the present.

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THE JEWISH STEPPE

Sociology  Russia  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe 

Documents the tragic history of an agrarian commune established in the Soviet Union during the Twenties.

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CITIZENS

Sociology  Political Science  Eastern Europe 

Portrays human dimensions of Poland's Solidarity movement in 1980-81 that were obscured by Cold-War rhetoric: the efforts of workers, artists and intellectuals who joined together to create a thriving civil society within a totalitarian state.

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ALBANIAN JOURNEY: END OF AN ERA

Sociology  Political Science  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies 

Examines the rise and fall of socialism in Albania, tracing the nation's history from its 1944 establishment as a communist republic by Enver Hoxha to its recent emergence from decades of authoritarian rule following Hoxha's death in 1985.

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