Film Screening & Discussion: Nemtsov

Monday, May 1, 2017
1512 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St, 15th floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Institute of Modern Russia for a screening of the documentary film Nemtsov, followed by a Q&A with writer and director of the film Vladimir V. Kara-Murza. The event will be introduced and moderated by Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations. Please CLICK HERE to register.

Run time: 66 minutes
Language: Russian with English subtitles

This film chronicles a remarkable political career. It is narrated by those who knew Boris Nemtsov when he was a young scientist and took his first steps in politics, when he held high government offices and was considered Boris Yeltsin’s heir apparent, and when he led Russia’s democratic opposition. Nemtsov recalls the movement against the nuclear plant in Gorky, Soviet Russia’s first free elections, Nizhny Novgorod as the “capital of reforms” under his governorship, the million signatures against the war in Chechnya, conflict with the “oligarchs,” talks over the Kurile Islands, the burial of the last Czar, participation in the protest movement, and other chapters in a long political life. The documentary contains rare archival footage, including some from the Nemtsov family. This film is a portrait; it is not about death. It is about life—the life of a man who could have become president of Russia.

Vladimir Kara-Murza is vice chairman of Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy movement. He was a longtime colleague and advisor to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and chairs the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. Kara-Murza is a former deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party, and was a candidate for the Russian State Duma. He has testified on Russian affairs before parliaments in Europe and North America, and has published op-eds the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and other periodicals. He is the author of Reform or Revolution (Moscow 2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices: The Duma Elections and After (London 2003), Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007), and Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law (London 2013). Kara-Murza was previously a correspondent for RTVi, Novye Izvestia and Kommersant, and editor-in-chief of the Russian Investment Review. He directed two documentary films, They Chose Freedom (on the dissident movement in the USSR) and Nemtsov (on the life of Boris Nemtsov). Vladimir Kara-Murza holds an M.A. (Cantab.) in History from Cambridge.

'Nemtsov' trailer (Russian)