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World premiere of Gorbachev documentary happening on campus

September 22, 2011

Beloit College will host the worldwide film premiere of Mikhail Gorbachev, Confidential in advance of its November debut in Russia. The documentary film, directed by Gulya Mirzoeva, will be shown on the Beloit College campus on Monday (Sept. 26) in Wilson Theatre, Mayer Hall, at 7 p.m. The screening is free of charge, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

The filmmaker has a connection to Beloit College Russian faculty through a mutual friend and colleague at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, the location of Beloit’s Russian exchange program. The distributor has granted the filmmaker special permission to show the film at Beloit for non-commercial purposes during Beloit’s Asian Studies Colloquium.

Mirzoeva, a native of Dushanbe, Tajikstan, began making documentaries in 1989. Her prior work includes a range of documentary shorts, full-length documentaries, and TV documentaries. Her new documentary focuses on Gorbachev’s life and experiences holding the reins of power in the USSR. Her subject, Mikhail Gorbachev, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in changing the relationship between Eastern and Western countries. Born in 1931, in Russia, he first joined Komsomol—the Young Communist League, entered Moscow State University, studied law, and joined the Communist Party in 1952.  Gorbachev rose in the party throughout the 1970s and ’80s, first as secretary of a regional committee and eventually being elected president in 1989. The last president of the Soviet Union before its fall, he resigned in 1991 as the Soviet Union disintegrated.

Following the screening, the filmmaker will be available for a talk-back with the audience. The Beloit College department of Modern Languages and Literatures is sponsoring this event.