Russian Jews: Film Two—1914 - 1948 captures a 30-year period of significant Jewish participation in every domain of Soviet political and cultural life including Leon Trotsky's role as the founder of the Red Army; artist Marc Chagall's early career; the first Soviet popular music stars; writers, with Isaac Babel in the lead, and other figures and fates, without which the grandiose Soviet ‘project’ is impossible to understand.
Russian Jews: Part Three—After 1948
Russian Jews: Part Three - After 1948 depicts the tumultuous leadup to the fall of the Soviet Union.
Russian Jews: Part Three – After 1948 depicts the tumultuous leadup to the fall of the Soviet Union. The assassination of Solomon Mikhoels, the leader of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, initiated a new era for the relationship between the Soviet Union and its Jews, including a new wave of officially sanctioned anti-Semitism that drove many Jews to involvement in ‘anti-Soviet activities’ and, eventually, emigration.
Watch the Russian Jews documentaries consecutively (in a single day), or across multiple sessions spread over three weeks. On Sunday, 19 Nov, at the Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick, After the Tears will be supplying a spread of delicious Eastern European treats to feast on between sessions. Nostrovia!
126 mins / Russian (English subtitles)
Director — Sergey Nurmamed