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The Frozen Theater

The Frozen Theater, an Archival original production

Genre: History Documentary Modern Russia

Filmed on location in Russia, Europe, and the United States, The Frozen Theater follows the life and work of Grisha Bruskin. With intimate encounters of childhood in a chilling state system that determines the destiny of men, Bruskin grew up labeled a “Soviet Jew” until events compelled him to rise above the limitations of his time. 

Irina Prokharova

“He like many writers, artists were trying to understand the tragedy of that generation which was destined to be a Renaissance but ended up a generation of hostages.”

Boris Orlov

“We wanted to record absolutely everything before it collapsed”

Olga Sviblova

“If we consider how many millions of people died in Stalin’s labor camps. They all died with the same article. They were charged as public enemies.”

Grisha Bruskin

“In my childhood, there were two Gods, Lenin and Stalin.”

“What do we do with the memories? The past does not remain the past, it remains in the present.”

Irina Prokharova, publisher of The New Literary Review and The Emergency Ration in Moscow

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The Frozen Theater Blog Series

Revealing Commentaries from the Production