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Russian Movie Series: Prisoner of the Mountains

March 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Few countries have been shaped by war as much as Russia. War, in many ways, is the burden of Russian history. Not surprisingly, Russian cinema (Soviet and post-Soviet) offers some of the most profound representations of war in the history of film. At the same time, filmmakers around the world have engaged with the Soviet Union and Russia as a threat or an invading force in places like Ukraine, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies on March 1 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium for the second film in this semester’s series dedicated to the depictions of war in Russian cinema and of Russia at war.

Prisoner of the Mountains (Кавказский пленник)
The experience of war often boils down to brief human encounters, private meaning and actions that reflect personal, not ideological motivations. Russian director and screenwriter Sergei Bodrov reinforces this point with sure-handed subtlety in his moving update of Leo Tolstoy’s story, Prisoner of the Caucasus. While on patrol in the Caucasus mountains, two Russian soldiers are taken prisoner by the head of a Chechen village, who wants to trade them for his own son, who is held captive by the Russians.
In Russian with English subtitles • DCP • 99 minutes


March 1, 2022
7:00 PM
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States


Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies
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