First Advisor

Jennifer Ruth

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Film and University Honors






Motion picture authorship, Propaganda, Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia) -- Politics and government -- 21st century -- Case studies




The relative protection Americans have for freedom of expression can allow stories to be told that would not be able to be told elsewhere. However, telling a story that does not belong to the storyteller and represents people of a different culture or nation can problematize the retelling of events and its perspective. The long-standing rivalry between United States and Russia complicates the matter further, making it difficult to find American film relating to Russia without the inclusion of propaganda and uneducated assumptions in film. Despite these issues, authentic storytelling can provide an informative view of events that the average American has little to no knowledge of, possibly inspiring further interest or personal exploration of the topic. One such topic is the ongoing conflict in Donbas between Ukraine and Russian-supported separatists. In this paper I will intersect the topics of film, history, and propaganda. First, I will give a brief description of the importance and my interest, and goals for the topic and I will outline the general history of the conflict. The second part of this paper will give an overview of the complicated relationship American media has with Russian history and the best film techniques to make film authentic. To conclude, I will analyze my film retrospectively, reviewing my current thoughts as I look back on the process of its creation.


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