Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Video: Black Russians: The Red Experience (2012 Trailer)

'Black Russians – The Red Experience' is the untold story of black American professionals who left their segregated homeland for Stalinist Russia in the 1930s. Escaping racism in America, they came to the newly built country, Soviet Union, seeing it as the ‘Promised Land.’ Some came for political reasons, others for economic benefit, equality of status or artistic freedom. Some remained in the USSR, while others married Russian citizens, And some eventually returned to the US. But all of them had one thing in common -- their search for a dream.

Did they find what they were looking for? Their descendants who live in Russia and America today will share a story of their ancestors as well as their own.

Today Russia is the country where racism is increasing and America still struggles with the same issue. The world has been stirred up with many other problems. But nothing can stop people worldwide to take to the streets and fight for their beliefs. Thus black Americans’ experiences in the 1930s now largely forgotten, led into the civil rights movement in the USA that finally abolished segregation.

“Black Russians – The Red Experience” is the story of the dreamers who believed in a better world. This story resonates with the all-embracing words of Martin Luther King "I have a dream..." that have relevance in today's world.


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