In English (some subtitles)
Pushkin Is Our Everything is a documentary film in which Michael Beckelhimer goes on a journey through Russia to find out how its most famous 19th-century poet became contemporary Russia’s supreme national icon – and how he’s helping Russia today.
After 200 years, Pushkin remains one of the most potent symbols of Russian national consciousness and pride. Since Dostoevsky praised him at the unveiling of the first Pushkin statue in Moscow in 1880, Russians of all stripes have glorified him. Pushkin is everywhere in Russia today: brought to life in films and plays, sculpted in bronze statues towering over squares and streets all across Russia. Stop anyone on the street and they’ll quote a few lines of their favorite Pushkin verse. Russians often say that Pushkin is their “everything”.
The documentary is a revealing jaunt through history, from Pushkin’s fatal duel in 1837 to the fall of the Romanov empire and Communism. At each of these points, Pushkin rose higher and higher on the pedestal of Russian culture.
It’s a personal journey for Beckelhimer, who believes Russians are lucky to be bound together by their national poet.
But it’s been a rough few years in Russia. In response, the film tackles a second important question: what is the role of Russia's national poet today? In the film, Beckelhimer meets Russians who have turned to Pushkin to get them through difficult times. As one St. Petersburg poet is quoted as saying: Pushkin is more important today than ever!
The film will be shown at 2pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Michael Beckelhimer, chaired by author and journalist Vanora Bennett. Refreshments will be served from 1pm.
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