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Russian Documentary Film Festival in NYC | October 20-22

The 10th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W, the annual Russian Independent Documentary Film Festival, will take place in Manhattan on October 20-22, 2017.

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In the last nine years the festival has shown more than 180 documentaries created by filmmakers from across the USA and Europe. 

The 10th jubilee festival will take place at the Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., Manhattan) and at the SVA, MFA Social Documentary Film (136 West 21st Street, Manhattan).



The 10th RusDocFilmfest-3W presents over 20 documentaries made by filmmakers from Armenia, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and the U.S. The festival presents special screenings that range from main social issues (Free World Program) to multi-cultural dialogue and contemporary Russian literature (“In the Beginning was the Word” Program). There will be presentations of several film-directors in a Q&A format. Most screenings will be American premieres. All films will have English subtitles.

 Opening of the 10th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W will take place on October, 20, at DCTV.

Opening Program:

– presentation of festival sponsors and participants;

– presentation of festival prizes, including the new design of Grand Prix and “Faces of Russia” Award;

– screening of the documentary “A Man Who Was Too Free“;

– Q & A with film directors Mikhail Fishman and Vera Krichevskaya.

The festival will also include a lecture on Unpredictable Faces of Russia: Pro et Contra on October 19, at the hall of National Writers Union (256 West 38th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan)

Mikhail Fishman (Moscow)

Vera Krichevskaya (London / Moscow)

Dina Sorokina (Moscow / Ekaterinburg)


The presentation will be on the general theme of modern Russia, protection of human rights and open expression in contemporary Russia, Russian liberal culture and films, and free thought and censorship in modern Russia. The lecturers will describe the political and social landscape of modern Russia, discuss issues in society, and predict general scenarios of Russian political and social development. Q&A after lecture.

Mikhail Fishman is a journalist, editor-in-chief of the liberal newspaper Moscow Times, a Russian Forbes’ columnist, and a well-known TV host on Dozhd (Rain), an independent Russian TV channel.

Vera Krichevskaya is a journalist, one of the founders of Dozhd (Rain), an independent Russian TV-channel.

Dina Sorokina, a director of the Yeltsin Museum in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Yeltsin Center is a group of institutions that fight for the basic liberal values in modern Russia; Yeltsin Center – sponsor of the 10th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W.

The lecture is organized by The New Review with partnership with the National Writers Union.

Zimin Foundation – General sponsor of the 10th RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W.

The New Review, Inc., – organizer of RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W. The New Review is the oldest literary journal of the multi-ethnic Russian-speaking Diaspora based in New York since 1942.

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