(THE ORCHARD) Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three never before seen interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 88 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, is still gently but resolutely pushing towards his goals. Herzog celebrates Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) On the eve of presidential elections in Ukraine, the power struggle on the Sea of Asov is coming to a head. The Sea of Asov borders both Ukraine and Russia.
(PBS FRONTLINE) The inside story of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the United States.
(BBC) In this episode, Ben Zand travels to Belarus to experience the sinister and at times bizarre side to living in a dictatorship.
(BBC) In this episode, Ben Zand travels to Kazakhstan to experience the sinister and at times bizarre side to living in a dictatorship.
(BBC) In this episode, Ben Zand travels to Tajikistan to experience the sinister and at times bizarre side to living in a dictatorship.
(THE ORCHARD) This is the film, which the famous Pussy Riot church scene is taken from. WINTER, GO AWAY! was filmed by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School. Ten young directors did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia’s winter protests - a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers.
(VICE) In 2014, Ukraine was under siege and the military was unprepared. Desperate, the government urged anyone to get to the front and fight the Russian-backed separatists. As the war drags on, Ukraine claims their military is now in control and the volunteers have all been disbanded. But we tracked down some rogue volunteers still out there fighting, not prepared to hand over their weapons anytime soon.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) Irina is mobilizing protests against a garbage dump near Moscow - and risks being arrested. South of Moscow is the ancient city Kolomna, where the capital city has been dumping most of its garbage for the last six months. 6,000 tons of garbage, or 300 truck-loads, arrive each day. Even in winter, the stench is unbearable, and the improper disposal poses a health risk to residents.