Arts & Culture
Wednesday 27 September 2023
01 December 2021
Current-Time-Backed Film Mr. Landsbergis Takes Top Honors At IDFA
05 November 2021
The Sound Of Corruption: Kyrgyz Bard Turns Journalistic Investigations Into Songs
A traditional Kyrgyz poet and folk musician has found a new way of reaching audiences by turning journalistic investigations about corruption into songs he performs on videos. Bolot Nazarov works in close collaboration with one of the country's top investigative teams.
07 October 2021
After Tragic Loss, An Afghan Refugee Finds Solace In Teaching Art To Others
Afghan artist Omar Khamosh fled to Vahdat, Tajikistan, in early 2021 after he escaped from Taliban militants who threatened him and killed his father. In his new home, he opened a studio and started offering art classes to young students.
05 May 2021
Latvian Prison, Farm Showcase Russian Films At ArtDocFest
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a women's prison in the Latvian capital, Riga, and a farm were among the unlikely venues for a Russian documentary film festival. ArtDocFest is held in Moscow every year, but amid growing repression and intimidation began holding events in Riga in 2014.
23 April 2021
Ten Short Films About COVID: Pandemic Inspires Kyrgyz Directors
In Kyrgyzstan, five directors are making a series of short films about the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the country in the spring and summer of 2020. Ten different stories will tell about how ordinary people experienced quarantine and how the local health-care system was unready for the outbreak.
15 January 2021
'Alyonushka Of The Apocalypse:' Russian Monument Gets Laughed Out Of Town
In the Russian city of Novovoronezh, a poorly designed statue was so widely loathed that officials had it dismantled -- but not before it became a joke on social media. In other cities, some residents wish their own local monuments would meet the same fate.
01 December 2020
Russian Artist's Giant Holiday Cards Live On In The Snow
Valery Melnikov was known in Russia for the huge New Year's cards he created on the ice and snow of a frozen river in the country's Far East. After he died in October at the age of 72 after contracting COVID-19, residents of his home region of Amur decided to continue the tradition he started.
06 August 2020
Kyrgyz Film Denied License For Showing Corrupt Officials
The makers of a new Kyrgyz movie say they were denied a distribution license after a film commission objected to scenes showing corrupt government officials. Motherland, by director Mederbek Jalilov, tells the story of a conflict between Kyrgyz villagers and a Chinese investor.