Free Fall: Life in the Altai

Film screening and public discussion

with Elena Levina and Susanne Schüle (Director and Camerawoman)

Russian with German subtitles

If you require sign language interpretation, please let us know two weeks ahead of the event by emailing events(at)zois-berlin(dot)de.

The boy Solumay Abraimow lives with his family in the Altai (scene from the movie). © Schüle Filmproduktion

Boris and Marina are members of a once-proud shepherd family in the Altai Mountains whose livelihood was destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. When radioactive space debris lands next to their home one night, the two have the presence of mind to seek compensation from the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Their story makes headlines all over the world. The documentary Free Fall is about the lives of those who were simply forgotten about after political changes in faraway places. At this screening at ZoiS, the directors talk about the backstory and how the film was made.

Free Fall. Documentary, 89 mins, directed by Susanne Schüle and Elena Levina; production: Schüle Filmproduktion with support from rbb, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the DEFA Foundation.

Susanne Schüle (left) und Elena Levina. © Schüle Filmproduktion

Elena Levina studied journalism in Moscow. She then moved to Germany, where she works as a TV and radio editor and as an assistant director and co-author of documentaries. Free Fall is her debut as a director of a feature-length documentary.

Susanne Schüle studied Cinematography at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg and works as a camerawoman. She has received numerous awards for her work on documentaries. Free Fall is her debut as a director of a feature-length documentary.