7th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase in Texas: Images of Russia

Director Andrey Gryazev introduces the screening of his documentary Tomorrow during the 7th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase in Texas: Images of Russia film festival. Tomorrow follows Oleg "Thief" Vorotnikov and Natalia "Goat" Sokol, members of Voina (War), a provocative performance-art group in Russia. Gryazev captured the couple, famous for drawing an almost 200-foot-tall penis on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg, as they planned and performed acts of protest against the Russian government and law enforcement, as well as against the ideas of money and ownership of property. Ironically, once the film was completed, the couple, who reportedly entered into a contract with Gryazev, sued the director, demanding a million rubles and a ban on the film's further distribution (this from a couple who denounce the idea of money in general and the Russian court system in particular). Also on the schedule are Marina Goldovskaya's A Bitter Taste of Freedom (about Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist assassinated for political reasons) and Sergey Miroshnichenko's Born in the USSR: 28 and Up (a look at everyday life in Russia). Tomorrow screens at 12:30 p.m. October 23. Houston Community College, Northwest Campus, 1550 Foxlake Drive. Screenings continue at various times and locations. Through October 26. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit ourtx.org. Free to $10.
Wed., Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 26, 4 & 7 p.m., 2013
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