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The Centennial of Russian Revolution (1917-2017) Through Four Films
Start Date: 2/20/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 2/20/2018End Time: 8:00 PM
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After the Bolsheviks, headed by Vladimir Lenin, took power in October 1917 they established a new polity that aimed to give everyone equal rights and create “an affirmative action” state which could provide national and cultural autonomy to the multiethnic population. For a time, the Soviet experiment proved so appealing that even some African-Americans came to escape segregation and other forms of discrimination. Usually, it was a one-way ticket. The Soviets were reluctant to allow them to return to the U.S. These topics, featured in the 1936 Soviet film Circus and others will be explored in the series of five films that will be introduced by Prof. Trish Starks (History), Prof. Ted Holland (Geosciences), Prof. Frank Scheide (Communication), and Nadja Berkovich (Russian, WLLC).


February 20, Tuesday The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Neobychainye prikliucheniia mistera Vesta v strane bol’shevikov, dir. Lev Kuleshov, 1924). Introduction by Prof. Trish Starks (Dept. of History)


The first movie in the series is a silent comedy about a naïve American visiting the land of the bloody-thirsty Bolsheviks.


February 27, Tuesday, Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin, dir. Sergei Eisenstein, 1925). Introduction by Prof. Frank Scheide (Communication)


This silent classic by a pioneering Soviet filmmaker became a touchstone for directors the world over because of its innovative use of montage.


March 6, Tuesday, Storm Over Asia (Potomok Chingiskhana, dir. Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1928)

Introduction by Prof. Ted Holland (Dept. of Geosciences)


This 1928 film, also called The Heir to Genghis Khan, is set in 1918 Mongolia and is an epic of revolution and war on the edge of Siberia.


March 27, Tuesday, Circus (Tsirk, dir. Grigorii Alexandrov, 1936)

Introduction by Prof. Nadja Berkovich (Dept. of WLLC)


Set in the Stalinist 1930s, this film follows an American woman fleeing racist persecution in the United States and finding tolerance in the Soviet Union. 

Each movie will be introduced beforehand and then followed afterwards by Q & A. All movies will be in the original Russian or Spanish, with English subtitles. Follow “Russian at the Univ. of Arkansas” on our FB page:

Location Information:
Main Campus - (JBHT) J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence  (View Map)
J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc. Center for Academic Excellence
227 N. Harmon Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Contact Information:
Name: Nadja Berkovich
Phone: 479-575-7481
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