By Sam Holte
The documentary film, “Mikhail Gorbachev, Confidential” will make its worldwide debut on the Beloit campus this Monday, September 26, in the Wilson Theater. The event is free and the doors open at 6:30. The Modern Languages and Literature department is sponsoring this event.
Donna Oliver, professor of Russian language and literature, and one the organizers of the event, says, “We’re really excited not only to host the premiere of this film, but also to have the filmmaker, Gulya Mirzoeva, participate as well. Gulya’s documentary is unique in that Gorbachev himself provided interviews for the film, so it promises a personal perspective that you don’t always get to see.”
The film focuses on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev and his experience holding the reins of power in the USSR during the late ‘80s until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace prize in 1990 for his role in peace talks changing the relationship between Eastern and Western countries, namely the USSR and the United States. Mirzoeva was given exceptional access to Gorbachev and reveals several in-depth interviews in which we hear about his beginnings in the Communist Youth League, his entrance into the Communist Party in the early ‘50s, and his rise in the party, from secretary of a regional committee to president of the USSR in 1989.
The director, Gulya Mirzoeva is a native of Tajikstan and began making documentaries in 1989. Her prior work includes a range of documentary shorts, full-length documentaries and TV documentaries.
The film will be a wonderful and interesting experience for those interested in history, international relations, filmmaking and journalism, as well as a variety of other disciplines.
After the screening, Mirzoeva will be available for a question and answer session with the audience. The film will premiere in Russia in November.