Klassiki presents vital documentaries from a number of important filmmakers in Russia today.


From 20 July 2021 until 10 August 2021, Klassiki in partnership with Bertha Doc House, the prestigious London-based documentary cinema, will host a month-long documentary season, spotlighting a selection of stunning recent documentaries with both online and live screenings.

TUESDAY 20 JULY, Earth is Blue as an Orange (2020), Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine


Starting out documentary film season HORIZON in collaboration with Bertha DocHouse, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange follows a single mother, Ganna, and her four children living in a war zone in Donbass in Ukraine. As they struggle in this atmosphere, where schools are closed and they are surrounded by sounds of war, they try to keep a sense of normality by making films of their lives as a family. Follow this family through their hard times and as the eldest daughter, Myroslava, pursues her dream to study film-making. Through the story of the Trofymchuk family, Iryna Tsilyk explores questions of war and the role of art in wartime.

The film will be screened Bertha DocHouse on Tue 20 July at 18:30 alongside the online screening.

TUESDAY 27 JULY, Gorbachev.Heaven (2020), Vitaly Mansky, Latvia


The 90-year old Gorbachev currently lives outside Moscow, awaiting the moment when he will be called to join the list of the 20th century’s most consequential figures. He was the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, policies that gave the citizens of the Soviet Union a chance to be free. But at the same time, under his rule, the Chernobyl nuclear facility exploded and its destruction was concealed. And Soviet tanks menaced and killed peaceful demonstrators. History will judge Gorbachev, but Gorbachev presents his own, final testimony.

The film will be screened at Bertha DocHouse on Tue 27 July at 18:30 alongside the online screening.

TUESDAY 3 AUGUST, Dad (2020), Valeria Gui Germanika, Russia

The father of the Director Valeriya Gai Germanica, the 91-year-old Alexander Brown, is deeply saddened by the death of his beloved wife. He goes on a summer trip together with the family of his daughter. Together they fly to the sea, and little by little the trip to Italy and Greece takes on the dimensions of an ancient tragedy: mortal danger and miraculous salvation, difficulties in translation and conflicts between generations. Human life turns out to be a journey full of emotions that can hardly be borne.

Earth is as Blue as an Orange
Follow a family as they pursue their dreams in a war-zone in Ukraine.