In the screening of the works by Soviet women animators, animation’s power as domain of freedom is apparent. The involvement of women as animators in Soviet animation has been
self-evident, but few know that women actively also directed and wrote screenplays. This compilation of Women Animators is a high-quality chronological cross-section of the Soviet era.
It also opens up a different perspective on the ”truths” and ”counter-truths” during that time. The films tell about their time, and have not been produce in a vacuum. Animation made it possible to deal with topics not allowed on the normal agenda. Experimentalism flourished in animation, even if restrictions were made, such as tendencies challenging the official belief in progress.
Soviet animation started off as spontaneous agitation cinema in otherwise carefully monitored totalitarian regime. After the founding of Sojuzfilm-studio in the 1930´s, the emphasis in production changed towards children’s animation. Our selected screening displays movies from and after the Khrushchev Thaw, the period of de-Stalinization that followed after the death of Stalin. The pieces are made in a time period spanning from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. The program consist of two screenings and each movie is presented in it’s own film copy. This collection has been compiled by Juha Kindberg and comes from the National Audiovisual Archive. The screenings are meant for adult audiences.
SOVIET WOMAN ANIMATORS, PART I
SUN 15.4.2012, Juhlasali 14:00
SOVIET WOMAN ANIMATORS, PART II
SUN 15.4.2012, Juhlasali 15:30
Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1