Black Russians is a feature length documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, many of them born and raised in Soviet Russia.
Their experiences chronicle two ideological currents that have shaped major international events in the twentieth century: race and communism. Intimate interviews with a poet, a film producer, a reggae artist, a businessman and others, all black and all Russian, guide us through this story of promise and non-discrimination.
Archive images reveal rarely seen footage of black political leaders in the Soviet Union, like Paul Robeson, Kwame Nkrumah and Angela Davis.
More than a decade after the ‘fall of communism’ a new Russia struggles to steady itself in the wave of nationalism from within and the pressures of global capitalism from without. Black Russians constructs a deeply personal account of the effects of political issues such as migration, identity and loss on a minority community in the vast remains of the Soviet Union.