In the 1990s, the Soviet Union collapsed and post-Soviet society experienced a shocking transition, as new views on history, economy and the arts began to circulate. New values were declared, as previously forbidden topics became permissible in public discourse. This lecture explores the reality of Putin’s Russia, more than three decades after the events of Perestroika and Glasnost, and considers what elements of Soviet society have returned, with a focus on documentary film production. As state-controlled television avoids screening documentary films, the talk will address how this media and political landscape impacts documentary film production and directors, as well as how independent documentary films portray contemporary Russian reality.
Darya Khrenova is a documentary film maker and a professor at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts