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The film poster of "Big Snakes of Ulli Kale."



Film Screening and Discussion. Big Snakes of Ulli-Kale
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Aleksey Fedorchenko’s most recent film Big Snakes of Ulli-Kale (2022) is an experimental mockumentary filmed in Chechnya, Adygea, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, mountain villages and the Karmadon Gorge. Starting with a projected finding of a chest with archival footage, the film opens up as an investigation of the relations between the Caucasus and Russia developed at the beginning of the 19th century and up to the beginning of the 20th century. Among the characters are Pushkin, Lermontov, Leo Tolstoy, Gogol, Alexander Dumas, Vakhtangov, Sufi sheikhs, Shamil. Big Snakes of Ulli-Kale is the final screening of the Spring 2023 Harriman Film Series Peripheral Vision, which explores the anti-imperial gaze in contemporary Russian cinema. Screening and discussion moderated by Mark Lipovetsky and Tatiana Efremova.