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11th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase – Images of Russia

Wednesday, October 25
2:30PM - 4:30PM

Houston, Texas 77003
(713) 395-3301

Russian Cultural Center – Our Texas presents the 11th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase, October 25 – 27, 2017.

This year’s showcase features Vitaly Manskiy’s Under the Sun and Close Relations, as well as two short films by Valery Balayan: Romance of Nadir and Enjoy.


Under the Sun documents a year in the life of a family living in Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, giving a real and intimate glimpse into the realities of daily life in contemporary North Korea. Manskiy envisioned the movie as a sort of “time machine” to the Soviet Union under Stalin, meant to bring a better understanding of his country’s history.

Close Relations analyzes the social and familial and fissures that have formed as a result of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Ukraine through the lens of Manskiy’s own extended family.

Valery Balayan’s two short films, Romance of Nadir and Enjoy depict concise, personal snapshots of life in contemporary Crimea after its annexation into the Russian Federation.

Each movie will be accompanied by a discussion and Q&A session with our honored guests (see below).

Directors / Producer:

Vitaly Manskiy, director of Under the Sun and Close Relations, is one of the most prolific names in contemporary Russian documentary filmmaking. His movies have been presented at more than 500 international film festivals and awarded numerous prestigious prizes. His films have also been shown on the leading channels in most European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Canada, South Korea, among others.

Valery Balayan, director of Romance of Nadir and Enjoy, is another notable figure in Russian documentary filmmaking, Balayan has written scripts to more than 40 documentaries and directed more than 60.

Natalia Manskaia, producer of Under the Sun and Close Relations, is a well-known name in the contemporary Russian documentary film production. In addition to her award-winning career in film production, she maintains a position as General Director of the Vertov and Co. production studio.

Dates and Venues:

October 25, 2:30p.m. — “Close Relations” — Texas Southern University, McCoy Auditorium 114

October 26, 6:00p.m. — “Romance of Nadir”, “Enjoy” — University of Houston,  Auditorium MH 1180

October 26, 7:15p.m. — “Under the Sun” — Rice University, Media Center

October 27, 2:00p.m. — “Enjoy” — Furr High School

October 27, 7:30p.m. — “Close Relations” — RCC Our Texas


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