"The Right to Memory," a documentary about Arseny Roginsky and the work of Memorial in Russia, presents excerpts from lengthy interviews with Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), who offers his thoughts about Russia and Memorial. Roginsky was one of the co-founders and the long-time director of Memorial, which was set up in Moscow in 1988 to document the egregious crimes of the Stalin era and to push for respect of human rights in the USSR (and later in the Russian Federation). Roginsky discusses how Memorial sought to overcome the obstacles posed by official whitewashing under Putin and widespread public indifference.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Ludmila Gordon, joined by Benjamin Nathans of the University of Pennsylvania and Rochelle Ruthchild of UMass-Boston. Mark Kramer of the Davis Center will moderate the discussion.
Director Ludmila Gordon, 2018, 1 h. 36 min.; Russian, English subtitles.