ESFIR, a new 16mm film project by Cynthia Madansky reflects on an unrealized script entitled Women by the prominent Soviet filmmaker and editor Esfir Shub.
In Shub's biography Cinema My Life (1959) she wrote that she wanted Women to be an "artistic documentary," one that integrates scripted narrative, observational documentary, and archival material in portraying the status of women in Russia after the Bolshevik revolution.
For ESFIR, Madansky is creating a hybrid film based on the structure and conceptual framework of Women that reflects on the status of feminism in contemporary Russia as well as on Shub's cinematic articulation of the compilation film.
At Garage, Madansky will research Russian feminist performance and video art from the 1960s until now, looking at the diverse iterations of feminist issues. In addition she will conduct research at the film archives in Moscow, looking at material about Shub specifically in relation to her writings about the process of editing and the importance of the film archive.
Researcher: Cynthia Madansky