The RSW Spring 2021 Film Series, Power, Poetics, and Play: Documenting Soviet Legacies, will screen the 2019 documentary Будинок (Budynok -- The Building). The film was directed by Matilda Mester and Tatjana Kononenko, who will introduce the film and join IU Professor Gardner Bovingdon for a Q&A after the screening.
"In the east of Ukraine lies Derzhprom, the House of State Industry. Built between 1925 and 1928, it was intended to embody the idea of communism. Although it was a poster child for the avant-garde movement, now it seems almost forgotten. Derzhprom acts as a kind of time machine. Space becomes time here. The Building moves between classic, observational documentary and experimental cinema. With very little dialogue, it is rather a poem of moving images. Through the use of mixed materials, including archive films from the 1920s, it reflects on how past and present, movement and time are related to the static nature of architecture." [description from https://docudays.ua/eng/2020/movies/docu-ukraine/budinok/]
Co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Research & Practice.