Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Documentary film screening "The Revolution that Wasn’t" followed by Q&A with filmmaker Aliona Polunina and TV personality Andrey Shemyakin

Mon, October 19, 2009 | Studio 4D (CMB 4.122)

7:00 PM

The Revolution that Wasn’t

Estonia/Finland, 2008, 97 min

Documentary film screening, followed by Q&A with filmmaker Aliona Polunina and TV personality Andrey Shemyakin


Russia, 2007. Exactly a year before the next presidential elections. The opposition is set to act decisively and take power. Anatoly and Andrei are veteran revolutionaries. Since 1997, they have been members of a banned political organization. This film follows them over the course of one year, through the presidential elections. For the central figures of this film, it is a year of challenge and the start of a new life. This is a story about individuals within the framework of a general political fever, a personal story within a historical narrative. Russia has a fever... nothing new there. But this time the fever looks like this. 

Aliona Polunina is a member of the guild of directors in Russia. She graduated as a documentary filmmaker from Moscow’s higher directing and scriptwriting courses in 2004. Aliona graduated from VGIK, faculty of film critics in 2000 and Moscow Academical Art School of Surikov’s Institute, faculty of architecture and design in 1996. 

Aliona will be joined by Andrey Shemyakin, a well-known movie critic, film scholar, producer, and the creative director of the “Documentary Camera” TV program. 

For more information, contact Allegra Azulay at (512) 471-7782 or at

Part of the 3rd annual Russian Documentary Showcase, co-sponsored by the Russian Cultural Center – Our Texas (Houston). This year’s theme is “Images of Russia” with film screenings in Austin, Dallas, College Station, and Houston. Information on films outside Austin can be found at:

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