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Artdocfest/Riga Warm - Up Days
Artdocfest/Riga Warm - Up Days
Rock. Paper. Scissors.
  • 95 min
  • English, Latvian
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The documentary film about the legendary American publishing house, Ardis. This is a story about books and freedom, and two Americans who changed the history of Russian literature. In the 60s and 70s, Soviet censorship banned ideologically unsound books, prompting literary critics Carl and Ellendea Proffer to confront the issue. From the basement of their Michigan home, they established Ardis Publishing which went on to print the works of Nabokov, Brodsky, Sasha Sokolov, and many others. Through witness accounts and Ellendea herself, the film tells the story of how a small publishing house managed to make banned voices heard not only in the West, but in the Soviet Union itself. With a resurgence of censorship in Russia when the country once again tightens its grip on dissenting voices, this film offers more than just an exploration of the past, it's a lens through which we can understand the present.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Ivan Yudin
  • Screenwriter:
    Anton Zhelnov, Anna Narinskaya
  • Cinematographer:
    Rafael Bulatov, Olesya Savelieva, Maxim Ignatenko
  • Producer:
    Ilya Belov, Evgeniy Balamutenko, Sofia Kapkova, Natalya Golodova
  • Composer:
    Victor Skorobenko
  • Sound operator:
    Ilya Chicherin
  • Theme:
    History, Literature
  • Country of action:
  • Language:
    English, Latvian
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