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Modern Russian Feminism: Twenty Years Forward
Duke premiere of an original documentary written and produced by Beth Holmgren,Slavic & Eurasian Studies,
directed, filmed, and edited by Igor' Sopronenko, Signature Media Productions LLC. 20 March 20,7:30-9:00 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street.  free and open to everyone
Modern Russian Feminism: Twenty Years Forward tells many stories of how Russians and Americans collaborated in reviving women’s activism and creating Russian women’s studies over the last two decades in the U.S.S.R. and post-soviet Russia.  The film is based on interviews with eighteen experts from Russia and the United States, all of whom participated directly in this nationwide feminist project.  Among its subjects are activists Nadezhda Azhgikhina (Association of Russian Women Journalists), Olga Lipovskaia (St. Petersburg Center for Gender Issues), and Anastasia Posadskaia-Vanderbeck (Moscow Center for Gender Studies) and scholars Barbara Engel, Helena Goscilo, Marianna Muravyeva, Natalia Pushkareva, Rochelle Ruthchild, Valerie Sperling, and Mary Zirin.  The documentary presents viewers with a multi-voiced, sometimes contested history of what happened, what succeeded, what failed, and what might still be done, juxtaposing these experts’ views on how Russian and American scholars and activists came to work together, what resources they developed and services they provided, the impact of western funding on Russian women’s groups, and the future of Russian feminism and Russian-American feminist exchange.

Modern Russian Feminism was made possible in part by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, the Duke Libraries' Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, a Collaboration Development Grant from Duke’s Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, the Duke University Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research, the Duke University Center for International Studies with additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Duke University Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, and Mary and Harold Zirin.


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Posted 18 March 2009

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