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Frame work, a six-part screening series

Monday, April 12, 2021

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


Anastasia Vorotnikova

2019, 23 min.


Fear and circumstances – that’s what makes us choose. From the moment of awareness to the moment of making a decision, we are like in a dream. Alena Zavarzina – a snowboarder, Olym-pic medalist in 2014, World Champion. In September 2018 she announced the end of her sports career. Did she want to leave at that moment? Probably not, but the circumstances have played their role. What will the “awakening” be for her? Can she overcome all her fears and make the most important decision in her life?

All Water Has a Perfect Memory

Natalia Almada

2001, 19 min.


A poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. At seven months old, filmmaker Natalia Almada lost her two-year-old sister, Ana Lynn, in a drowning accident at her childhood home in Mexico. Inspired by an essay written by Toni Morrison, in which she speaks of the Mississippi River’s ability to conjure memories, this moving piece serves as a meditation on the cultural and gender differences between the filmmaker’s North American mother and Mexican father in the face of their daughter’s death. Through personal recollections narrated by each family member, including her brother, Almada incorporates Super-8 home movies, photographs, and fabricated images to weave together a touching and moving visual memory of Ana Lynn.

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The sixth 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 – April 12 6pm Livestream to AMC Facebook/YouTube. Translation will be provided. 

About Filmmakers & Moderator:

Anastasia Vorotnikova _Frame Work

Anastasia Vorotnikova

Anastasia Vorotnikova finished VGIK College in 2014 majoring in Sound Technology. Currently Anastasia is studying in All-State Russian Institute of Cinematography n.a. S.A. Gerasi-mov, majoring in Documentary Filmmaking (Workshop of V.P.Lisakovich & A.I.Geleyn), 2020, and working as a documentary and commercial film director.

Natalia Almada

Natalia Almada is a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Award. Natalia Almada combines artistic expression with social inquiry to make films that are both personal reflections and critical social commentaries. Her work straddles the boundaries of documentary, fiction, and experi-mental film. Her most recent film Todo lo demás (Everything Else) is a narrative feature starring Academy Award-nominated Adriana Barraza; it premiered at the New York Film Festival and was nominated for a Mexican Academy Award. El Velador (The Night Watchman) premiered at the 2011 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and broadcast on the award-winning PBS program POV, along with her other two feature documentaries Al otro lado (To The Other Side) and El General (The General). Almada’s short film All Water Has a Perfect Memory premiered at the 2002 Sun-dance Film Festival and received the Best Documentary Short award at the Tribeca Film Festi-val. Almada was the recipient of the 2009 Best Documentary Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, USA Artists, The Herb Alpert Foundation, and MacDowell Colony. Almada graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives between Mexico City and San Francisco.

Anastasiya Osipova _Frame Work

Anastasiya Osipova


Anastasiya Osipova is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she teaches and writes on Soviet and post-Soviet culture. She is also a co-founder and editor of Ci-cada Press, an imprint that pursues contemporary politically engaged poetic texts.

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