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Film explores lives of contemporary Afro-Russians, Nov. 8

"Black Russians," a feature-length experimental documentary by filmmaker Kara Lynch that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in McCosh 64.

Lynch, an assistant professor of video production and criticism at Hampshire College, will introduce the film and be available for questions after the showing.

The film chronicles the intersection of race and communism, exploring the effects of migration, identity and loss on a small, minority community. "Black Russians" is experimental in both content and form. It combines traditional documentary elements such as interview, voiceover and archive with nontraditional forms of montage, anecdote and image manipulation.

Lynch recently won the Planet Out/ifilm Queer Short Movie Award for "Me-Ba . . . I'm Coming: A Travelogue." She was a 1996 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council for the Arts individual artists awards in video and new media.

The event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Program in African-American Studies .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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