Alexandra Sviridova

Alexandra Sviridova (Russian: Александра Свиридова, alternate spellings: Alexandra Sviridov, Aleksandra Sviridov, and Aleksandra Sviridova) is a writer, journalist and filmmaker from Moscow, Russia. She immigrated to America in 1993, with her son Lev Sviridov (who later won a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at the City College of New York). She wrote scenarios for about 20 films and wrote over 500 essays. Prior to leaving Russia, she wrote the scenario and co-directed (with Andrey Yerastov) the Russian language film "Varlam Shalamov. Several of My Lives" ("Варлам Шаламов. Несколько моих жизней" ) (1991) about Varlam Shalamov, an author of a collection of short stories about his experience in Gulag labor camps. In 1986 she wrote the screenplay for a short animated film called "One Doll's Story" «История одной куклы» directed by Boris Ablymin about the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. It received the "Silver Dragon", major award of XXII Kraków International Film Festival. "Using stop-action animation, this inspiring film is one of the most engaging films ever made about the Holocaust" Patricia Kowal, Los Angeles View, 1996.


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