Grumant: Island of Communism

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Chandler-Ullman Auditorium

Ivan S. Tverdovsky, Director 2014

Filmed in the forbidding but spectacular landscape beyond the Arctic circle, Grumant: Island of Communism documents the harsh lives of coal miners who work through the long polar night at the top of the world. A 1920 treaty established the Svalbard archipelago as both a Norwegian territory and a demilita-rized, free economic zone, allowing 46 countries to access it for commercial and scientific activity. The Soviets established their settlement there shortly thereafter, calling it Grumant. Today, that base is the only one that remains. One hundred years after the 1917 Russian Revolution, the film provides fasci-nating commentary on the history of that world-shaking event, its curious present on the "island of communism," and the uncertain future of workers it intended to serve. The film received a Special Jury Award at its international debut in New York City at the 8th annual Russian Documentary Film Festival.

Wednesday October 18th at 6:00pm
This event is free and open to the Lehigh Community.
Authentic snacks will be served after the film.

Contact: ma07@lehigh.edu 610-758-3090