on the Eve of the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi invaders film Directors Andrei Konchalovsky, Krzysztof Zanussi, together with the special representative of Russian President for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi was found on the network to discuss the war, culture and shame. Thus, the creators of the public DC wanted to attract attention to the subject of the exhibition is “the Savior” in Moscow “Manege” dedicated to Russian saints.
the Exposition tells about the history of the Holocaust, as well as more than 250 Righteous among the Nations from different regions of Russia. People of different nationalities, who risked their lives, sheltered Jews in the occupied territories. Thanks to modern technology and installations in the exhibition, visitors are involved in the virtual dialogue between rescuers and rescued. Meanwhile, on the screens broadcast an interview with the living Righteous. They talk about the horrors of war and how they were able to save other people.
it is Noteworthy that the idea of the project arose from two Moscow Schoolgirls in 2017. They photographed survivors of the Holocaust and recorded an interview with them. In the process it became clear that the saved could not be without the Savior. And this topic has never been covered extensively in the exhibition space. While war, in its broadest sense, has awakened not only the heroic spirit, but also cultural.
“For Soviet culture, literature and cinema of war was maybe one of the most free. Paradoxically. In any case, in the period from 1941 to 1943. On the one hand, work was directed at certain promotional items, and on the other the writers came to the important subject of people’s tragedy and the man in the face of death. War is the ultimate existential situation. And a man must do something in the face of death”, – says Mikhail Shvydkoi.
According to Polish film Director Krzysztof Zanussi, the war attracted people in the arts the situation is the acute choice, in which a person defines who he is, his decision. “We now live in comfortable conditions, when the choice is not felt. And during the war he was very serious”, – says AEG.
In his turn, Andrei Konchalovsky defines “temptation of evil” as one of the eternal themes in art. Nazism, according to him, was monstrous in its quest to make the world perfect. And in this sense evil will still be present next to us, disguising itself in the clothes of justice or necessity. Fighting with him will be endless. “In the words of Leo Tolstoy, the war is long before the action starts,” said the Director.
moreover, Andrew S. open pessimistic about the prospects for the modern cultry. The Director says that now the war enters the area of education. “Civilization is becoming less humane I can see the students who can’t pick up a book and only do a selfie. I was even afraid to talk about it,” says Konchalovsky.
Suddenly the discussion changes the view. Does Russian people a sense of shame? And maybe this was the reason for the cultural boom of the war period? “It seems strange to me to talk about the recognition of a fault generation, 30 years or even more young people for what was done nearly 80 years ago. Of course there are people who carry this memory. But we have to admit that today’s generation knows virtually nothing about the great Patriotic war”.
At this time, Mikhail Shvydkoi said that the Russian government and the leadership of the Soviet Union in recent years has appropriately dubious actions, for example, during the Czech event. And to conclude on this subject, he cited the example of earnest, actively walking on the Internet.
“I apologize in advance and please consider me politically correct. And the joke is this: people who never were slaves, demand an apology from people who were never slave-owners.”