This program always attracts a lot of attention as it is focused on the interpenetration of cultures involving Russian themes and emotions which are readily accessible to us. The events of the First world war related to the Russian Empire form the backdrop of the Bulgarian film “Once There Was a War” and of the Polish “Legions”. In both cases we see fictional characters side by side with real participants of those memorable events. “The Prague Orgy” by Irena Pavlásková is set in Soviet times, while the black-and-white “1956, Madhyathiruvithamkoor” by the refined Indian Don Palathara reminds us of the deep-rooted spiritual connections between India and Russia. And finally the documentary “Bagshi” by Ella Manzheeva places people of Russian origin in the context of world Buddhism, thus completing the circle of current cultural interactions.
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