By Vivian Ostrovsky
Edit, Sound edit: Vivian Ostrovsky, François Sculier.
Animation: George Griffin
Jet Lag Prod 2002
40’, 16mm, b/w & clr
Screening formats: 16mm – Digital file – DCP
English and French version
The film is a travelogue of sorts.
In 1960 my family lived in Brazil when my father discovered his sister and brother in Moscow, who he hadn’t seen for 40 years, were still alive. Since they couldn’t leave the USSR we went to visit them regularly for about 15 years. At the time I had my 8mm then a super 8 camera with which I filmed the family, our outings, picnics, markets and their homes…
I decided to use this material, which was not very interesting per se, by mixing it with Soviet found-footage of the same period (1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s). I used feature films, propaganda footage, newsreels, etc. The result is a kind of Khruschev-era mix with a collage of Soviet music and a voice-over of my memories of the Cold War period.