A documentary film By acclaimed director Elka Nikolova     When: Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:30p.m. Where: Russian Cultural Center Our Texas 2337 Bissonnet, Houston, TX  77005   Admission is $8.00 for non-members / $6.00 for RCC members This event is part of Bulgarian art exhibition “Life is a Dream”     “Binka” depicts the life of provocative Bulgarian director Binka Zhelyazkova (b. 1923), infamously labeled “the bad girl of Bulgarian cinema.”   In an era when the state tightly controlled Bulgaria’s only movie studio, her subjects included prison conditions, women’s rights, artistic freedom and the legitimacy of the political system itself. A film pioneer, she was at the forefront of political cinema under Bulgaria’s Communist dictatorship. Intercutting riveting scenes from Binka’s films, rare archival footage, and candid interviews with former Bulgarian studio executives and film professionals, this stimulating portrait reveals the pressures and complexities that arise when art is made under totalitarianism.   ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:   Ms. Nikolova moved from Bulgaria to New York in 1994 where she studied film production at The New School University. She co-directed the documentary, The Warmth of My Home (1995; part of Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection) and produced several films in the United States and in her native Bulgaria. She is currently working on her second feature documentary The Unknown Rescue—a film that chronicles the dramatic, last minute survival of the 48,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust.   Full film description and director bio available upon request.     ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:   Nov 12, 2010 to Jan 31, 2011 – "Life is a Dream" will be shown at CaviArt Gallery, part of RCC "Our Texas". The exhibition features work from two recognized Bulgarian artists: ceramicist Iskra Ivanova and painter Vassilen Vasevski.   Exhibition opening – November 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Wine will be served.   Event website:
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