IRES Film Club
Our club offers a journey through the Soviet and post-Soviet world. Together we explore history, culture, politics, society and language by watching a diverse collection of Soviet and Post-Soviet films. In semester one (before Christmas), we explore the almost unparalleled turmoil transformation, tragedy and triumph in the period from the collapse of the Russian Empire to the death of Stalin (1917-1953). These films, each set during critical junctures in the Soviet story, allow an exploration of Soviet life, society, lived experience and culture. Each seminar will begin with a general introduction of the film, its background and thematic content. After each film, there will questions for discussion. Come comrades, forget your petit-bourgeoise concerns, broaden your horizons and enter the Soviet world!
In semester two (after Christmas), we begin in the last years of Brezhnev-era stagnation, travelling to the end of the Yeltsin Presidency through the medium of cinema. Here the focus is on late Soviet society, the painful and, at times, liberating changes of perestroika, through to the collapse of the USSR and the so-called ‘wild’ nineties. Each film moves us sheds light on various social and cultural aspects of these historical periods.
Each seminar will begin with a general introduction of the film, its background and thematic content. After each film, there will be questions for discussion. Unless otherwise notified, all films will be shown in the IRES Library on Thursdays starting at 6pm. Refreshments will be available.