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Films & Schedules - RUSSIAN LESSONS


Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 4 PM (B3)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 4:45 PM (B1)
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DIRECTOR: Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya - NORWAY

Nekrasov and Konskaya, familiar with Russia’s ease in spreading misinformation, suspected that the official version of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia—which painted Georgia as the aggressor—was far from true. With Russian Lessons, they set out to prove it. Examining the damage and interviewing witnesses, the truth soon surfaces—not only the truth about which country was to blame, but about how the Russians were so successful in spinning their version in the press and in the court of world opinion. A damning indictment of the Putin government and the laxity of Western media, this fascinating film is a cautionary tale that “energetically delves into the violent and bewildering conflicts in the Caucasus as it holds up a sobering mirror to a superpower.”—Sundance Film Festival. (111 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Children’s Story, Chechnia (00), Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File (07).

In Russian and Georgian.

Sponsored by the Norwegian Consulate General, San Francisco.



Interests: Documentary Views.

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