After Communist-enforced isolation, Bulgarian artists developed a unique sense of identity that develops through each new generation.
A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.
Träd, Gräs och Stenar and the democratizing power of the riff.
Emotion, both authentic and synthetic, in the films of the Taiwanese New Wave master.
Gabriela Golder’s video project Conversation Piece, 2012.
Czechoslovak New Wave filmmaker Jan Němec discusses jazz and making movies under communism.
Polish artist Karczmarczyk on desire in a post-Communist country, why the Catholic church needs modern art and being mistaken for Lady Gaga.
Romanian auteur Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills, which fuses naturalism with the escalating dramatic tension between two young women, won awards for best screenplay and best actress at Cannes.
Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.
This First Proof contains the story “My Grandfather’s Disintegration” by Antonio Ungar, translated by Katherine Silver.
Set in Cuba during the Special Period, Ruins tells of a middle aged man’s attempts to earn a living, deal with his rebellious daughter, and accept what has happened to his country.
Claire Fontaine lives in Paris. Her “assistants” are Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill, an Italian-British artist duo.
In his latest film, Ama: The Memory of Time, Salvadoran poet and filmmaker Daniel Flores y Ascencio records the oral history of shaman Don Juan Ama, who witnessed the murder of his uncle, the leader of a 1932 indigenous revolt in El Salvador.
Nilo Cruz’s simple and effective play recounts the plight of two sisters who hope to obtain freedom from the oppressive Castro regime.
The consummate actress, Judy Davis talks about her starring role in the epic satire, Children of the Revolution.
Poet and curator Goran Tomcic and Slovenian sculptress Marjetica Potrč on displacement and the genius loci.
Director Miloš Forman began making films in Communist Czechoslovakia. He and writer Liza Bear talk about his film, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and censorship in the United States.