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Eco of Festival RUSDOCFILMFEST-3W: Brother Azari

Saturday, December 7, 1:00-2:30pm
Members $6, Nonmembers $12, call 978.598.5000
Directed by Alexey Burykin, Russian with English subtitles, 60 minutes

Brother Azari is a film-memoir of Azari Plisetsky, brother of the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, pedagogue and choreographer. He has lived his life in the shadow of his renowned sister. The film discloses Azari Plistesky’s own enormous talent as a ballet dancer, teacher, and founder of a ballet school in Cuba. Plisetsky reminisces about working with Maurice Béjart, about his sister Maya, and the art scene in Moscow during the “Thaw” of the 1960s. Unique home videos from the Plisetsky family’s personal archive form the basis of this film. Festival curator Marina Adamovich will introduce the film and lead a discussion.

RusDocFilmFest is an annual independent documentary film festival in New York organized by The New Review / Novyi Zhurnal, the oldest intellectual, the literary journal of the Russian-speaking Diaspora. This is a non-political festival that presents films focused on society, culture, and history. The festival reflects the modernity of the multi-ethnic Russian-speaking world.

 Marina Adamovich is a journalist, culturologist, essayist, and expert in the history and culture of Russian immigration in the 20th century. She is the editor-in-chief of Novyi Zhurnal (The New Review) an émigré literary journal based in New York, as well as curator of RusDocFilmfest-3W, which is a project of The New Review. For more information, please visit www.newreviewinc.com and www.rusdocfilmfest.org