1997, 16mm, Color and B&W, 8O min.
Director: Rebecca Feig
Rebecca Feig's Bye-Bye-Babushka looks at older women in Russia today, women who were born in the wake of the 1917 revolution, came of age during Stalin's reign, and have survived to see the disintegration of their "motherland." The women interviewed range from a collective farm worker who knows little of politics to a member of the intelligentsia whose husband was arrested and "disappeared". Their compelling, often wildly divergent testimony encompasses the struggle and passion that was Russia in the 20th century. Interspersed with the interviews are excerpts from propaganda films-stirring historical recreations, documentaries of women farm workers, and communist youth demonstrations. "One can sense immediately that this film is different. This is the result of something implacable, something that draws you in, a certain knowing quality in its perspective which achieves grace."(Le Monde)