Glasnost Film Festival Vol. 01 - Against the Current and The Wood
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Glasnost Film Festival Vol. 1: Against the Current and The Wood
Goblin. Against the Current is a film about ecological crime and how
the residents of Kirishi educate themselves to the meaning of
citizenship. They are called extremists, but they continue to organize
protests of a major synthetic protein plant. "We couldn't breathe, we
coughed, we itched, we buried our childrenbut we can't put up with it
any more," a young woman shouts indignantly at a rally. The residents
call the illness "Bykov's disease," after the factory's founder, who
is now a government minister. Directed by Dmitri Delov, 1988, 27 mins.
The Wood Goblin focuses on an old man who has lived alone in the woods
with a cat and two dogs for 15 years, in a house he built by himself.
He commanded a tank company during World War II and after the war was
a local Communist Party chief. Fired from his position after a smear
campaign, he went away to live in the woods. As he puts it, he "joined
the party of the green world", which he now defends against
resourceful poachers and woodcutters. Directed by Boris Kustov, 1987,
18 mins. Both films in Russian with English subtitles.