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Russian documentary filmmakers offer free public screening

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2005) -- This Sunday, Oct. 30, three Russian filmmakers offer a free public reception and screening of their films, "Wait," "Tiny Katerina" and "Amazons," at 7:30 p.m. in Seigfred Hall's Mitchell Auditorium. The young documentary filmmakers and their film festival coordinator arrive in Athens today for a one-week residency at Ohio University's Athens Center for Film and Video, sponsor of the Athens International Film and Video Festival.

The visit is part of an exchange program for Russian cultural leaders hosted by CEC ArtsLink in New York City and managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Russian cultural delegates are Sergey Bosenko, a filmmaker with a strong interest in films about Chechnya, sports and children; Ivan Golovnev, whose first documentary film, "Tiny Katerina," chronicles three years in the life of an indigenous Siberian child encountering nature and development; Alina Rudnitskaya, who worked on a documentary series, "Dating Service," about single people finding dates in Moscow; and Antonina Udalova, head coordinator of the Moscow-based Message to Man International Film Festival.

"By facilitating visits of groups such as these Russian documentary filmmakers, Open World's Cultural Leaders Program aims to reinforce the deep artistic ties already linking Russia and the United States and, in so doing, enhance communication and understanding between our two countries," said Aletta Waterhouse, interim executive director of the Open World Leadership Center.

During the next week, the visitors will explore their craft with local filmmakers, participate in workshops and film school classes, and screen their works for university film students and for the general public.

Open World's Cultural Leaders Program, a nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress, aims to forge better understanding between the United States and Russia by promoting cultural exchange. Over 10,000 Open World participants, from civil leaders to journalists to nonprofit directors, have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program's inception in 1999.

Support for the cultural program is provided through partnership and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Open World Leadership Center funds the administrative portion of the program.

CEC ArtsLink, through a multi-faceted program of cultural exchange, serves to create and sustain constructive, mutually beneficial relationships in the arts between the United States and Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia.

Following their stay in Ohio, the four Open World delegates will spend Nov. 2-8 in New York City, where they will meet with counterparts and experts from the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Tribeca Film Festival/Institute and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.

For more background on Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov.

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