In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021 and Womens History Month during the month of March, the Forum for Cultural Engagement, the United States Embassy and the American Center in Moscow will launch Frame Work, a six-part screening series featuring short films by Russian and American women filmmakers with a post-screening discussion facilitated by a moderator with the two filmmakers. Translation will be provided.
The screenings present unique pairings of films by Russian and American women filmmakers showcasing diverse narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation films. The moderators facilitating the discussion with the filmmakers include film scholars, film writers and critics and literary writers.
Frame Work is an initiative of the Forum for Cultural Engagement, curated by Cynthia Madansky.
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM Moscow time
(18+) Slalåm by Anastasia Vorotnikova, 2019, 23 min.: Fear and circumstances – that’s what makes us choose. From the moment of awareness to the moment of making a decision, we are like in a dream. Alena Zavarzina – a snowboarder, Olympic medalist in 2014, World Champion. In September 2018 she announced the end of her sports career. Did she want to leave at that moment? Probably not, but the circumstances have played their role. What will the “awakening” be for her? Can she overcome all her fears and make the most important decision in her life?
(18+) All Water Has a Perfect Memory by Natalia Almada, 2001, 19 min.: A poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. At seven months old, filmmaker Natalia Almada lost her two-year-old sister, Ana Lynn, in a drowning accident at her childhood home in Mexico. Inspired by an essay written by Toni Morrison, in which she speaks of the Mississippi River’s ability to conjure memories, this moving piece serves as a meditation on the cultural and gender differences between the filmmaker’s North American mother and Mexican father in the face of their daughter’s death. Through personal recollections narrated by each family member, including her brother, Almada incorporates Super-8 home movies, photographs, and fabricated images to weave together a touching and moving visual memory of Ana Lynn.
Moderator for post-screening discussion: Anastasiya Osipova, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she teaches and writes on Soviet and post-Soviet culture.
The event is hosted in English on the AMC Facebook page on April 12 at 6:00pm Moscow time: https://www.facebook.com/acmoscow/ You can register below and leave your valid email address to receive a reminder 30 minutes before the online event starts. To join other AMC Online programs, please check the American Center’s website and TimePad calendars.