Films with English subtitles to learn more Eastern Europe: Russia (list)
Memes and posts are, of course, good, but other sources of information are also needed that would allow you to learn something about life in Eastern Europe. I decided to compile lists of films on YouTube with English subtitles, which could be watched by both the Eastern Europeans themselves, who don’t speak that language, and people from other parts of the world.
It was quite easy to make a selection of films from Russian YouTube, since almost all opposition and just good authors and journalists left television or never appeared there at all. If you’re from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Balkan countries, etc. and you know good films about your places with English subtitles, write to me in private messages!
- Kamchatka - the forgotten peninsula. Channel: вДудь / vDud. Journalist and interviewer Yuri Dud traveled to Kamchatka - a peninsula in the Far East in Russia - and investigates the (bad) state of affairs there and why it happened.
- 25th anniversary of the release of hostages in Budenovsk. Channel: Редакция / Redakcia. For the West, the Chechen war went almost unnoticed, but many tragic events took place in Russia during its period. Among them is the terrorist attack in Budenovsk, which was staged by Chechen radical militants. Alexei Pivovarov retells this story and explains the role of the Russian authorities in it. More films with English subtitles here.
- Chita - the new garbage capital of Russia. Channel: varlamov. Russia is often associated with wealthy Moscow and St. Petersburg, but there’re also many places like Chita - the town in the Trans-Baikal region. Blogger Ilya Varlamov covers the problems of the “non-façade” province.
- [BadComedian] - Red Sparrow (RUSSIAN Pataskyshka vs. USA). Channel: BadComedian. A rather old review by Evgeny Bazhenov on the film “Red Sparrow”, where the blogger ridicules many stupid stereotypes in the spirit of the Cold War that fill the film.
- Andrei Tarkovsky: family, betrayal of friends, emigration and death. Channel: ещёнепознер. A documentary about the famous director Andrei Tarkovsky.
- TATU: 20 years later! The main Russian group in the world. Channel: Осторожно: Собчак/ Caution: Sobchak. Despite the fact that I hate almost everything that Ksenia Sobchak does, she made a good film about Tatu - one of the few Russian groups that have become really popular in the West.
- Jail. Correct me if you can! (part 1) Navalny, Alekhina, Shulman, Klescheva, mayor of Tomsk, etc. Channel: А поговорить? / What about talking? Irina Shikhman’s film about the prison system in Russia (the second part hasn’t been translated into English).