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Film, talk, exhibition planned on Siberia, Oct. 10-24

A series of events focusing on Siberian Russia are planned for Oct. 10-24 by the International Center .

The film "Siberian Dream" will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in 302 Frist Campus Center. This one-hour documentary, directed by Janet Gardner with Irina Pantaeva, explores the historical struggle of the Buryat-Mongolians in Siberian Russia.

The film is based on Pantaeva's 1998 memoir by the same title. It follows Pantaeva, who left the country to become a supermodel and actress, and her son back to their homeland in Buryatia and reveals the difficulties of life following the demise of the old communist system. The nomadic Buryats are Siberia's largest indigenous population.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Jack Matlock, ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. A 35-year member of the U.S. foreign service specializing in European and Soviet affairs, he has served as a visiting professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

A photography exhibition featuring the people, landscape and architecture of Buryatia, Russia, will be on display from Tuesday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 24, on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center. The pictures were taken by Rebecca Matlock, wife of Jack Matlock, during their time in Russia.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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