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A Rewarding Fall For Current Time Documentaries

Vitali Mansky and Mikhail Gorbachev
Vitali Mansky and Mikhail Gorbachev

Current Time, the 24/7 digital network for Russian speakers globally that is led by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America, continues to receive accolades for many of the documentary films it commissions and features in its programming. Recent examples include:

The festival jury reported that the film, about the Soviet Union’s last leader, 89-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev, delivered “a vivid picture of a man who changed the world” that is sometimes “tender,” sometimes “even humorous.” Both Mansky’s questioning of Gorbachev about his memories of pivotal events and the portrayal of the ex-Soviet leader “alone and vulnerable in his diminished surroundings” showed an “outstanding directorial hand,” it noted.

The film, produced together with ARTE France and Czech Public Television, was also screened in November at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and was presented before sold-out audiences in Moscow’s Oktyabr Cinema on December 3 and 11 as part of the Artdocfest documentary film festival.

Vitaly Mansky is also a host of Current Time TV’s Real Cinema program, a global movie theater for the digital age that each week brings viewers the best, the most important, and most noteworthy international festival winners, premieres, personal stories, and films that cannot be seen in their countries of production

Hey! Teachers!, as well as The Earth Is Blue As An Orange, the award-winning Current Time TV documentary by Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk, were also selected for showing at IDFA, as part of the festival’s Best of Fests program, which showcases “both audience favorites and award-winning masterpieces” that represent “the irreplaceable work of film festivals today.”