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Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia.


Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia

Oksana Sarkisova

I.B. Tauris & Co.


299 pages



Kino Series


This study investigates presentations of Soviet ethnic diversity in kulturfilms, Soviet documentary films of ethnic groups that lived on the borders of the Soviet Union, produced from 1925 to 1940. Drawing on material from the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive and the Gosfilmofond State Film Archive, the book looks at how the films combined reality and fictional elements to portray isolated ethnic groups as both exotic and backward. The study also analyzes the political agendas of the films. The work of filmmakers including Dziga Vertov, Vladimir Erofeev, Alexander Litvinov, Amo Bek-Nazarov, and Roman Karmen is described. The book contains many b&w film stills and a glossary. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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