How does art survive in a time of oppression?
Art and Social Justice
documentary film series at the Anderson Collection
CAW (Camera as Witness) Program/UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)
During the era of Soviet rule, artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals, or to Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky who pretends to buy state-approved art. Instead he daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden works by fellow artists and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian Revolution of 1917, and who encounter a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin.
Directors/Producers: Amanda Pope, Tchavdar Georgiev. Russia/USA/Uzbekistan, 80 min.
Following the screening, there will be a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Amanda Pope, moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.
Limited capacity. No registration needed. First come, first seated. Please check in at the Visitor Services Desk upon arrival.