Two-Part Virtual Film Screening and Discussion with the Director
Members $6, Nonmembers $12, per film. OSCAR, Saturday, February 13, 11:00am-1:30 pm EST Register by Thursday, February 11
In Search of Lost Paradise, Saturday, March 6, 11:00am-1:30pm EST Register by Thursday, March 4
Join director Alexander Smoljanski for a discussion of two of the most famous Russian artists: the leader of the Soviet artistic underground, Oscar Rabin, and his wife, painter Valentina Kropivnitskaya.
In 1974, both painters organized an open-air art exhibition, which the KGB smashed with bulldozers. This was the most effective act of civil disobedience in the USSR after Stalin’s death in 1953. The story spans three decades of Soviet history and documents their successful attempts to confront the regime with paints and brushes.
This is a story about the power of non-violent resistance, about the borders of compromise, about people who tried to preserve internal freedom in a country that wasn’t free. It is a refugee success story: a story of love, art, and human dignity.
The project consists of two films, OSCAR (90 min) which will screen on February 13, and In Search of Lost Paradise, screening on March 6.
Image: Oscar Rabin and Valentina Kropivnitskaya. Getty Images.