UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Resilience: How to Live 100 Russian Years

15 January 2020, 5:15 pm–7:30 pm

Resiliance film Poster

SSEES Russian Studies Seminar Series presents a documentary film showing introduced by Paul Richardson

This event is free.

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Russian Studies Seminar Series


Masaryk Room
16 Taviton Street

In 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, war, and unrest. And yet, all that year children were born. Resilience is a film about some of those children, 100 years later, and their remarkable life stories. The 25-minute film is in Russian with English subtitles.

To capture the film, three journalists – Paul Richardson, Mikhail Mordasov, and Nadya Grebennikova – traveled over 20,000 kilometers around Russia and Eastern Europe interviewing, filming, and photographing 22 Russian centenarians born in 1917. The film was released on November 7, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. A book of the same name, featuring the centenarians’ life stories told largely in their own words, was released in 2018.

About the Speaker

Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson is a photographer, journalist, author and publisher. He founded StoryWorkz in 1990 and, in addition to publishing Russian Life, the company has released over 100 publications of interest to Russophiles – from books, calendars, and literary journals, to maps and cards. Two of the company’s books (Moscow and Muscovites, and The Little Golden Calf) have won the prestigious AATSEEL award for the year’s best translation from Russian into English.

Richardson is author and co-author of over a dozen books, most recently Resilience, Driving Down Russia's Spine, and The Spine of Russia. He has written and translated over 300 articles on Russian history, culture and life published in Russian Life magazine and elsewhere.

A graduate of Central College (Pella, IA), Richardson received an MA (Political Science) and Russian Area Studies Certificate from Indiana University, Bloomington. In 1989 and 1990, he ran one of the first successful Soviet-Western joint ventures, a publishing company based in Moscow.

He lives in Vermont with his wife of 33 years, Stephanie Ratmeyer. They have two grown children.

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