Film by alumna Nimasu Namsaren features at Pushkin House

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Nimasu Namsaren, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film this summer, will feature in an ongoing series of events on ‘Exploring Identity in Student Filmmaking’, at Pushkin House in London on Friday 27 September 2019.

The series aims to explore questions around the concept of modern Russian identity and how it has evolved and manifests in young people. The first in the series will feature a presentation by Nimasu followed by a screening of her short film Mavzhuda.

Mavzhuda, which won the Best Film award at the Canterbury University Film Festival 2019 and was selected for the Lift-off First-time Filmmaker Sessions and the Zlaty Voci Student Film Festival, tells the story of the eponymous 12-year-old girl who immigrates to Russia from Uzbekistan with her family. Her new life in St Petersburg is challenging and in order to fit in she starts to forget her own culture and language and loses the connection with her grandmother. One day after school, Mavzhuda ignores her while walking together with other kids, and the pain that she inadvertently brings to the family helps her to find her own place in the hectic world around.

Pushkin House is a Registered Charity which aims to support and promote Russian culture in London and beyond, and provides a focus for Anglo-Russian cultural exchange, education and information about the Russian language, arts, literature and music. In pursuit of these aims, Pushkin House has developed a varied cultural programme on Russian literature, art, film, music, theatre and dance, as well as history, philosophy and politics. Events include lectures and talks, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, films, concerts and readings.

To attend the event, you need to become a member of Young Pushkin. Membership includes free entry to thought-provoking talks, £5 tickets to Music Salon concerts, a curated programme of completely free events and creative networking opportunities. You can sign up for membership here:

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