Events Calendar

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Needle
Oct 16 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Needle @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Rashid Nugmanov (Kazakhstan, 1988)

In the bleak filmscape of glasnost, The Needle stood out as a black sheep of a movie. The most playful and offbeat of the Soviet films of the period, it contrasted sharply to the mainstream, which was overwhelmed with revisionism of the Stalinist past and nihilistic social criticism.

A young man named Moro (played by Viktor Tsoi, the late rock ‘n’ roll legend from the St. Petersburg band “Kino”) returns to his Asiatic hometown only to find his exgirlfriend, Dina (Marina Smirnova), becoming a drug addict and himself becoming involved in the bizarre life of the city’s underworld. In an attempt to save Dina, Moro takes her away to the Aral Sea, turned into a barren desert by the time they arrive. There Dina seems cured, but back in town everything starts anew. Almost desperate, Moro decides to fight the drug dealers, led by a hospital doctor (played by another rock ‘n’ roll star, eccentric leader of the “Sound of Mu” band and the future star of Taxi Blues , Pyotr Mamonov), when one of them stabs him in a deserted park.

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Oct
20
Mon
2014
Hydrocarbons, Governance and Social Accountability in Russia and Central Asia
Oct 20 @ 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hydrocarbons, Governance and Social Accountability in Russia and Central Asia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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1:00-2:00pm Keynote Speaker

Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos (French Institute of Geopolitics, University Paris 8, France)
Oil and Social Accountability in Russia

2:00-3:30pm Session 1. Hydrocarbons and Governance in Eurasia

Sergei Gretsky (Foreign Service Institute)
Kazakhstan Seeks to Avoid Resource Curse

Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)
Can Russia Escape The Oil Curse?

3:30-4:00pm Coffee break

4:00-5:30pm Session 2. Oil, Environment and Social Accountability

Robert Orttung (George Washington University)
Oil and Social Accountability in Russia

Kate Watters (Crude Accountability)
Hydrocarbons, Human Rights and the Environment in Turkmenistan

Sebastien Peyrouse (GWU/East West Center)
Oil and Social Violence in Kazakhstan

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