DOUBLE LIFE, A SHORT HISTORY OF SEX IN THE USSR
Director(s): Inara KOLMANE – Writer(s): Inara KOLMANE Contact Print page
The October Revolution ushered in an era of sexual freedom and liberation from bourgeois conventions. Satisfying sexual needs had to be "as simple as drinking a glass of water" according to feminist Alexandra Kollontai who was at the forefront of the fight for the liberation of morals.
Rapidly, the situation spiralled out of control, though: syphilis spread throughout the country; in 1922, an estimated number of nine million abandoned children, the "bezprizornye", roamed the streets of Russia in criminal gangs. The number of abandoned women, with no resources, became alarming. In the ensuing social chaos, the regime operated a total U-turn. While official propaganda exalted the virtues of the “new” man whose healthy body had no other purpose than to work and toil for the glory of communism, sexual activity had been relegated to its strict reproductive function at the service of an under-performing Soviet birth rate. Community life and general surveillance would confine sexuality to a quasi clandestine status for the next thirty years...
“In this amazing documentary, Inara Kolmane, tells the history of the USSR from the angle of sexuality. From Riga to Kiev through St. Petersburg, Moscow and Siberia, she talks to eye witnesses, historians, filmmakers, researchers ...” Alain Constant, Le Monde , 29 Nov. 2017
“This documentary film revisits the history of the Eastern Bloc through the prism of the official taboo weighing on sexuality…and not from the usual political, geopolitical or economic angle ...” Xavier Thomann, Télérama 22 Nov. 2017
"...dizzying and unprecedented insight into the intimacy of a people who lived a secret but very eventful double life during the seventy years of the communist regime." RTBF, 27 Nov. 2017
“Inara Kolmane, a Latvian filmmaker born in the USSR, looks with humour and irony at the unprecedented history of the USSR’s sexuality. Immerse yourself in the intimacy of a people who lived a secret double life during the 70 years of the communist regime.” Télé Loisir 15 Nov. 2017
Also check out director Inara Kolmane's previous film, Ruch and Norie (57') - click here.