November 22, 2014

Our documentary In Search of Roubakine (2012) was screened at the 8th International Film Festival “Russia Abroad” (Русское Зарубежье) in Moscow on 11 Nov. 2014.

A DVD of the film is available (see the Chemodan Films Store page).

During May 2014 several members of our group traveled to China for more documentary work on “Project 2131,” a state-wide effort to use digital media for education and entertainment in geographical areas and social settings where positive state presence has declined.

The documentary project on the origins and development of the “memory industry” relative to the remembrance of former foreign residents of North-East China is continuing. In Summer 2013 we travelled to the Polish city of Szczecin to interview a group of Polish “Harbiners,” evacuated to Poland in the late 1940s. In May 2014 we went again to film in Harbin. During 3 months in Summer 2014, we worked in Japan to document Japanese memories of Manchuria/North East China.

Gulzat Egemberdieva is continuing her work on bridal kidnapping (ala kachuu) in rural Kyrgyzstan and conducting research on that topic in various Kyrgyz archives.

The multi-media documentary on the Russian sculptor Vadim Abramovich Sidur (1924-1986), directed by Oleg Kisselev, is at the stage of grant proposals.



The Hitchhiker


The HItchhiker

I'm So Alone With the Crowd

(2012) | Trailer Trailer

I’m So Alone With The Crowd

Komsomolsk mon amour

(2007) | Trailer Trailer

A love affair with Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in the Russian Far East, its struggle with the past, and its hope for the future through the eyes of young people, aging Communists, former labor-camp prisoners, and the local avant-garde theater.


(2006) | Trailer Trailer

This is a film in which women remember a major uprising of 1930 against the collectivization of agriculture in their villages.

The Photographer

(2008) | Trailer Trailer

This film explores the life and work of a local historian and photographer who preserved the history of his city in a photographic archive.

In Search of Roubakine

(2012) | Trailer Trailer

Search of Roubakine Text

Meet Me in Harbin!


Harbin Echoes Text

The Interim Country

(2011) | Trailer Trailer

Gulzat Goes to Canada Text

Oh, My Communist Youth!

(2010) | Trailer Trailer

Oh, My Communist Youth


(2011) | Trailer Trailer


The Province of Lost Film

(2006-08) | Trailer Trailer

This is a film about memory and cinema in central-Russia.