September 10, 2015

Gulzat Egemberdieva, an active member of “Chemodan,” received an Honourable Mention from the Hot Docs – CrossCurrents Doc Fund of 2015 for her project “Classmates.” See the page devoted to this project.

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).

Our documentary work on “Project 2131″ is now at its editing stage. “Project 2131″ was launched by the Chinese government a few years ago to use digital media for education and entertainment in geographical areas and social settings where positive state presence has declined. We shot footage in 2012, 2013 2014, and 2015 mainly in the rural areas of Sichuan.

Our documentary on the origins and development of the “memory industry” relative to the remembrance of former foreign residents of “Manchuria” (the former colonial name of North-East China) is now at its final editing stage. It includes footage shot in China, Poland, Germany, and Japan, as well as archival material. A first cut was screened at a “Manchuria Association” conference at Sophia University in Tokyo on June 9, 2015.




(2015) | Trailer Trailer


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.