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Frame work, a six-part screening series

Monday, March 15, 2021

Time: 6 pm -7:30 pm Moscow Time (Russia) / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Time (USA)

Frame Work

Focus on Breathing

Lyaisan Yunusova

2019, 17 min.


How to turn into a different person in 30 days? 30-year-old Albina tries to find a way to do it while looking for a well-paid job. She is being led through this tough journey not only by online studies but also by a special diary that challenges her daily.

Stranger Baby

Lana Lin

1995, 14 min


Moving between fiction, non-fiction, and science fiction, Stranger Baby features collaged micro-narratives and interviews that report on the multiple meanings of the term “alien.” The layered soundtrack is composed of viewers speculating on the film’s images. Their responses, marked by anxiety, gravitate toward ready-made assumptions. The voices elaborate an allegory of race and gender relations that exposes the dangerous inclination toward racial profiling. The film’s inter-nal monologue addresses both the attractive and threatening aspects of alienation, confessing to its allure while constructing a critique that challenges viewers to recognize themselves as possi-ble agents or recipients of the vilifying gaze.

Fraame Work

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The second part of the Framework, a six-part screening series featuring short films by Russian and American women filmmakers with a post-screening discussion facilitated by a moderator with the two filmmakers – March 15 at 6pm Livestream to AMC Facebook/YouTube. Translation will be provided. 

About Filmmakers & Moderator:

Lyaisan Yunusova

Born in 1996 in Tashkent, raised in Zelenodolsk, Tatarstan. Graduated from Kazan Theatre School with a diploma of a Russian drama actor. Graduated from The Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre.

Lana Lin

Lana Lin is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. Her work examines the fragilities and contradic-tions of human and discursive bodies, emphasizing the conceptual and poetic capacities of mov-ing image media. Her art and films have been shown at international venues including the Barce-lona International Women’s Film Festival 2020, BAMcinemaFest 2019, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, Oberhausen Film Festival, Cinema Politica Concordia, Montreal, Taiwan In-ternational Documentary Film Festival, REDCAT Contemporary Arts Center, Los Ange-les, Busan Biennale 2018, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum, NY, Stedelijk Mu-seum, Gasworks and Whitechapel Gallery, London. She has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics, among others. Her recent feature, The Cancer Journals Revisited (2018), won the Favorite Experimental Film Award at BlackStar Film Festival, Phila-delphia, and Best Feature Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Lin is an Associ-ate Professor in Media Studies at The New School, NY.

Frame Work

Anastasia Kostina


Anastasia Kostina is a PhD Candidate in the joint program in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. She is currently doing a visiting research program at the University College London. Anastasia’s dissertation research explores the films and career of Soviet documentary and filmmaker Esfir Shub from 1927 to 1937. Her broader ac-ademic interests include documentary film history and theory; transgressions between documen-tary and fiction; women’s film history, early Soviet and post-Soviet documentary film. Anasta-sia’s writings on cinema have appeared in KinoKultura, Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media His-tories and Film Quarterly.

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