Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  39 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Russian / English subtitles
Grade level: 9-12, college, adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Three Songs about Motherland

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A film about collisions between the past, present, and future in three Russian cities today.

Three Songs about Motherland

Three Songs about Motherland is included on the same DVD as One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich and In the Dark THREE SONGS ABOUT MOTHERLAND depicts a dramatic collision between the past, the present, and the future in contemporary Russia by focusing on three different cities in this vast land.

In the far eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a still-living symbol of Soviet industrialization in the 1930s, older Russian citizens speak about their youth, when they felt part of something bigger than themselves: building 'a city of communist dreams' in the middle of nowhere. Some cling to the promise of those glory days while others, express regret and disappointment at its ultimate failure.

Then, the cosmopolitan city of Moscow bids farewell to Anna Politkovskaya, the fearless journalist and human rights activist who was assassinated for her political activity amid the chaotic power struggles of the post-Soviet nation, fighting to her death for a young Russian democracy.

Finally, residents of Khanty-Mansijsk, one of the main centers of Siberia's budding oil industry, speak about their beloved fairy tale-like town, where the communist dream has been swept away by new aspirations for a prosperous future.

And what are they, today's aspirations? What is behind the fairy tale? Will the new 'capitalist dream' come true, or will it turn out to be another illusion, another myth? In the words of the great Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev, 'We are not destined to foretell.'

During the course of the film, three songs performed by contemporary singer Elena Kamburova serve as a leitmotif which unites these three separate stories into one cohesive whole: a frank and vibrant picture of Russia today.

'THREE SONGS ABOUT MOTHERLAND offers three interesting portraits of contemporary Russia.' -Anthology Review Database

'A frank and, for the most part, realistic picture of Russia today after three decades of the glory age of industrialization.' -The Russian Review


Main credits

Goldovska︠i︡a, Marina Evseevna (Narrator)
Goldovska︠i︡a, Marina Evseevna (Director)
Goldovska︠i︡a, Marina Evseevna (Screenwriter)
Goldovska︠i︡a, Marina Evseevna (Cinematographer)
Levin, Daniel (Screenwriter)
Levin, Daniel (Film editor)
Herzfeld, George M (Producer)

Other credits

editor, Daniel Levin; songs performed by Yelena Kamburova; cinematographer, Marina Goldovskaya.

Distributor credits

A Film by Marina Goldovskaya

Docuseek2 subjects

Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Russia and the former Soviet Union

Distributor subjects

Cultural Studies
Eastern Europe
US and Canadian Broadcast Rights


Komsomolsk-on-Amur; Khanty-Mansijsk; Elena; Kamburova; Anna; Politkovskaya; Moscow; USSR; Russia; life today; documentary; film; video; DVD; "Three Songs about Motherland"; Icarus Films

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