Film Screening Notes Towards an African Orestes and discussion “Politics of Colonialism: The Russian Experience”


From 30 June 2017




Garage Auditorium
Film Screening <i>Notes Towards an African Orestes</i> and discussion “Politics of Colonialism: The Russian Experience”Film Screening <i>Notes Towards an African Orestes</i> and discussion “Politics of Colonialism: The Russian Experience”


Marking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independence Day, Garage will screen Pier Paolo Pasolini’s documentary and hold a discussion on the specificity of Russian national politics, that will involve students from Moscow universities.

The screening of a Pasolini work on this particular day is no coincidence: engaged in his film, were African actors, although at the same time it offered a stubbornly colonial look at realities in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia in the 1960s. The notes for a film based on Aeschylus’s Oresteia that never came into being, include debates between African students and the director at the Roman University La Sapienza, where they discuss the idea of the Aeschylus tragedy setting, and the implications of post-colonial African affairs.

The debates begun in the film, will be carried on by Moscow university students who will speak about the Russian experience within the system of relations between the colonizing and the colonized peoples, populating the country, as well as the relations between state subjects.

The history of the Russian state can be viewed as a chain of governmental expeditions to the East and West, where the agents of colonialism met both peaceful and military oriented peoples. While transforming the traditions of other nations, Russia has to solve multiple problems that derive from this situation. What historical role did the inclusion of particular territories into the Russian boundaries play at different stages? What does the term “multinational state” mean, in this context? What are the benefits and disadvantages of such a type of politics in the field of contemporary geopolitics? What trends related to colonial politics, can be traced, based on the Russian example? These and similar questions will be addressed by Moscow university students of various specializations and views.

Notes Towards an African Orestes

Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1970. 65 mins.



Natela Pilia is a History student at MSU and tutor at Garage Teens Teem. Member of the first Garage Teens Team project, contributing to the exhibition The Sixties: Points of Intersection, coinciding with the opening of the new Museum building, and the Steps series of events, exploring contemporary art in relation to young audiences. Natela is interested in contemporary art as a platform for a political statement and the resolution of the prevailing problems of present-day reality.

Daniil Kemnits is philosopher and art theorist who studies the issues of ontology, humanitarian progresss, philosophy of language, epistemology, and psychology.

Ivan Sudarikov is a History student at MSU and lives in Moscow. Former participant of the project 1917, Free History. Studies the problems of humanities in the post-Soviet Russia.

Artemy Shlyonsky is graduate of the Law faculty of HSE, whose specialization is information law and intellectual property.


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