How some filmmakers evade censorship in former Soviet states

Mar 28, 2013

"Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" was one of the films discussed during a True/False panel discussion about filming in former Soviet republics.
Credit Courtesy of Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

During the True/False Documentary Film Festival in Columbia, directors from around the world gather to screen their films and talk about their craft.

This week's episode of Global Journalist features a condensed version of one of the film forums. It was sponsored by the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The discussion relates to filming in countries with repressive regimes: Vladimir Putin's Russia and two former Soviet republics.

Two panelists recently made documentaries shot in Moscow and screened at the festival — each focusing on anti-Kremlin protestors. Another documents members of a theater production company in Belarus as they rebel against the dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko. That film, "Unstable Elements", premiers next month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.


Maxim Pozdorovkin, director, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"

Askold Kurov, co-director, "Winter, Go Away..."

Tinatin Gurchiani, director, "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear"

Madeleine Sackler, director, "Unstable Elements"