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Slavic & East European Documentaries


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Babs: Russian Women in Prison

[BABS], by Homutova. In Russian with subtitles. Documentary. — Filmed at one of the thirty-one prisons in Russia dedicated to the incarceration of women, this video documents the lives of women imprisoned for murder contrasting their pre-prison experiences with prison life. — HV9715.15 .B33 — VIDEO

Ballets Russes

In English and other langugages with subtitles. Documentary — Presents an oral history of the Ballets Russes from the point of view of its many surviving performers. Dancers discuss working with George Balanchine. Includes performance footage. — Video cass 690 — DVD

The Bam Zone: Permanent Residents ; Chernobyl: Chronicle of Difficult Weeks

By Pavlov & Shevchenko. In Russian with subtitles. Documentary. — The Bam zone : The Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad in Siberia is called the longest monument to the stagnation of the Brezhnev years. Behind the marches and songs praising the project, equipment was breaking down, lives were broken and souls became calloused. (18 min.) 1987. Chernobyl: This film crew was the first in the disaster zone following the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. They shot continuously for more than three months. Portions of the film are exposed with white blotches--a radiation leakage. (53 min.) 1986. — DK246 .D53 no.4 — VIDEO

The Battle of Russia

In English. Documentary. — Shows the Russian defense against the Nazi invasion during World War II, focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad. — D764.3.S7 B3 — VIDEO

Battle of Stalingrad

In English. Documentary —Shows the Russian defense against the Nazi invasion during World War II, focusing on the Battle of Stalingrad.—D764 .B28 1984— VIDEO

Beirut to Bosnia: Muslims and the West: A Personal Journey

In English. Documentary. — In this three-part series filmed in Lebanon, Gaza, Israel, Egypt, and Bosnia, Robert Fisk, award-winning Middle East and Balkans correspondent for the London Independent, reports on Muslim unrest as ideology, religion, history, and geography come into conflict. The martyr's smile ... documents the guerrilla war of Lebanon's Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements to free southern Lebanon of Israeli occupation forces and Western interference, beginning with the destruction of the American Marine barracks during the early 1980s. The road to Palestine ... examines the displacement of Palestinians by Zionist immigrants and Jewish refugees. To the ends of the earth ... investigates the desperate situations of Muslims in Egypt and Bosnia who, though worlds apart, are plagued by a common feeling of betrayal by the West. — DS119.7 .B457 — VIDEO

Best of Middle Eastern Dance: Cabaret Belly Dances & Folk Dances of Egypt, Turkey, Central Asia, Tunisia, Eastern Europe, India, Lebanon and the Gulf & More.

In English. Documentary. — "Cabaret belly dances & folk dances of the East!"-- — GV1798.5 .B38 — VIDEO

The Birth of Bolshevism

In English. Documentary. — Discusses the 1903 London Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Parties and some of the founders of Russian Bolshevism who participated in this congress. Uses commentaries and dramatic re-enactments to contrast Iskra, the hardcore organization of Lenin, with other groups attending the congress. Describes the efforts of Lenin to form a Bolshinstvo and examines the policies of this new group. — D-5421 — 16MM

Birth of Modern Theatre, the : Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Perspective

In English. Documentary. — Analyzes Chekhov's dramatic techniques as developed in Uncle Vanya. Includes a performance of the third act of the English translation by Constance Garnett. — PG3456.D5 O54 — VIDEO

Birth of Soviet Cinema, the : Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Dovzhenko

By Mantell. In English. Documentary. — Examines the golden age of cinema in the 1920's in Russia by presenting excerpts from the masterworks of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, and Dovzhenko. Explains why the 1920's was a productive time for cinema in general. — PN1993.5.R9 B5 — VIDEO

Black Square: Dialogues

[Chernyi kvadrat], by Pasternak. In Russian with subtitles. Documentary. — Black square tells the story of Russia's artistic avant-garde from the 1950's to the 1970's, when artists' work could be smashed by a bulldozer, flooded with acid, or covered with concrete. The film is a cinematic appreciation of works only recently allowed to be exhibited and of the artists that created them. (57 min.) 1988.--Dialogues: A bacchanal of rock-jazz music erupts in an abandoned Leningrad palace. Collective singing, dancing, and playing makes this group of people a community and an ensemble, not just a crowd. (29 min.) 1987. — DK246 D53 no.7 — VIDEO

Blue Eye of Siberia

In English. Documentary. — Description of Lake Baikal and the pollution of some of its tributary rivers and of the lake itself. — DK511.B32 B58 — VIDEO

Bosnian War Crimes Trial [landmark War Crimes Trials, Vol 4]

In English and other languages with subtitles. — Examines the Bosnian war crimes trials and describes the events leading up to them, as well as the testimony presented. — KZ1168.5 .L36 1999— DVD

Bosna!

By Levy. In BCS / French with subtitles. Documentary. — Examines the fighting in Sarajevo and the conflict between the Serbs and the Croatians. Includes interviews with François Mitterrand and 'Alija Izetbegovic. — DR1313.3 .B66 — VIDEO

Bought & Sold

By Caldwell. In English. Documentary. — An exposé of the traffic in women for prositution from the former Soviet republics. — HQ281 .B68 — VIDEO

The Bratsk Sea

By Homutova. In Russian with subtitles. Documentary. — A Documentary — showing living conditions in the city of Bratsk, Siberia, where huge chemical and power plants endanger the health of the residents with pollution. — RA566.5.R9 B72 — VIDEO

Brave New World, 1945

By MacQueen. In English. Documentary. — Just over fifty years ago, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe and rejoiced at the defeat of Nazi Germany but their optimism was short lived. This film tracks the building tensions between these two superpowers, from the post-war world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as the hope for peace swiftly disintegrated into a "cold" war. Here eyewitnesses recall the meeting on the Elbe, the impact of Stalin, Churchill and Khrushchev, propaganda wars between the two nations, the Berlin blockade, the Hungarian uprising and the installation of the Berlin Wall. — D421 .B82 — VIDEO

Broken Silence

By various directors. In various languages with subtitles. Documentary. — Algunos que vivieron = Some who lived / directed by Luis Puenzo (57 min.) -- A Holocaust szemei = Eyes of the Holocaust / written & directed by János Szász (57 min.) -- Deti iz bezdny = Children from the Abyss / written and directed by Pavel Chukhraj (56 min.) -- Pamietam = I remember / director, Andrzej Wajda (58 min.) -- Peklo na Zemi = Hell on Earth / written and directed by Vojtech Jasný (57 min.) —D810.J4 B76 2004— DVD

The Brooklyn Connection: How to Build a Guerilla Army

Documentary. — A film festival favorite, The Brooklyn connection takes a gripping look at the world of 'gun running' through the story of Florin Krasniqi and the guerrilla army he built by transporting weapons from the United States to Kosovo. — E184.A3 B76 2005 — DVD

Last modified: August 11, 2009