The restored avant-garde masterpiece from Ukrainian director Victor Turin TURKSIB (The Steel Way, 1929), featured in the KOLO DZIGI series of cinematic performances initiated by Dovzhenko Center will be screened in the UK on April 15 as part of SITE Festival 2016. The silent film will be shown to a live musical accompaniment by the British band Bronnt Industries Kapital.


Turksib, the railroad meant to connect Asia and the far-away Siberia, becomes the main trunk line connecting civilizations and bringing inevitable technological progress into the meditative world of the peaceful Kazakhs. Little-known in the USSR and modern Ukraine, TURKSIB made a huge impact on British documentary cinema and became a cult movie in the UK. Restored by the British Film Institute in 2011, TURKSIB is a reconstruction of the British version of the film edited in 1930 by experimental documentary director John Grierson. The British version, characterized by more logical and clear editing than the Soviet one, is over 10 minutes longer than the original version of the film – apparently, in the USSR it was heavily censored.


Bronnt Industries Kapital is an indie music project from Bristol created by producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell. The band presented their interpretation of TURKSIB to Ukrainian viewers for the first time in June 2012 at the MUTE NIGHTS Festival in Odessa.


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