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“The Reddest of the Blacks”


For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

Searching for Postcommunist Sincerity

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Guest:

Ellen Rutten is a professor of literature and chair of the Slavonic Department at the University of Amsterdam, where she researches post-Soviet and global contemporary culture, literature and art, design, social media and memory. She’s the author of Sincerity after Communism: A Cultural History published by Yale University Press.

Music:

The Smiths, “Unhappy Birthday,” Strangeways, Here We Come, 1987.