The Eleventh Year

Country: Soviet Union, 1928
Length: 52 min.
Genre: documentary
Director: Dziga Vertov

The modern soundtrack for the film will be performed live by Anton Baibakov (electronics) and Sofia Turta (keyboards). Music for the film was written by Ukrainian composer Anton Baibakov, on commission from the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival,
within the serial project of musical cinematic performances, «KOLO DZYGY» – one of the best known projects of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National
Centre, the biggest film archive in Ukraine.
The Eleventh Year is a documentary based on a Soviet newsreel shot during the 1920s, telling the story of the construction of socialism. It is the
first film filmed by Vertov in Ukraine. The eleventh year of Soviet rule was a period of industrialization, as well as the building of Dnipro HES and
other giants of Soviet industry. The director intentionally focused on this non-anniversary year to avoid holiday shows and official government celebrations.
The camera is focused only on the most important thing, which is work – the tireless construction of a new socialist reality in Ukraine. On February 28, 1928, Dziga Vertov said that The Eleventh Year was written directly by the movie camera, without the mediation of a script, and that the camera had replaced the writer’s pen. This allowed Vertov to claim that he had invented a pure cinematic language (deeply socialist at the
same time), in which the camera deals directly with the raw material of the facts.
The Eleventh Year was restored at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre at the end of 2012.



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