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Moscow's New Nuns (neuen Nonnen von Moskau, die)

Moscow's New Nuns
Scene from "Moscow's New Nuns" (photo © telekult Film- und Medienproduktion GmbH)

The Iwanow Abbey in Moscow is within a stone’s throw of the Kreml. For many decades, the Abbey was used by the KGB as a prison. Moscow’s New Nuns is the story of five remarkable Russian women from three generations, who gave up their secular life in the aftermath of the Cold War to commit themselves as nuns and the revival of the Iwanow Abbey. Former archaeologist Nikolaya (62), architect Elisaweta (66), philosopher Galina (37), lawyer Olga (26), and Julia (38), who used to work in the management department for Philips, all dream of a better Russia, one that returns to its cultural heritage and religious roots after times of chaos and depression.

The very uncommon lives of the five protagonists draw a different picture of Russia that breaks clichés and provides a deep insight in the society and culture of this fascinating country.


Beate F. Neumann was born in 1966 in Rostock. After a seminar at the Ernst Busch acting school, she studied Directing at the \"Konrad \"Wolf\" University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, followed by the Master School Drehbuch scriptwriting seminar with Don Bohlinger. A selection of her films includes: Nie im Abspann: Harald Fuessler (documentary short, 1987), Vom Teufel geritten (short, 1987), Kellerasseln (documentary short, 1989), Auf dem Drahtseil durch die Jahrhunderte (short, 1989), Im Schatten der Mauer (documentary short, 1990), Nora - eine szenische Collage (short, 1991), Maquillage (short, 1993), Unterwegs (1996), Wimarer Werte - heute? (TV documentary, 1999), Antonia im Wunderland (documentary short, 2001), her feature debut Zeit nach der Trauer (2003), Strasse Brasil (documentary series, 2006), and Moscow\'s New Nuns (Die neuen Nonnen von Moskau, documentary, 2009).
Genre History, Religion, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Beate F. Neumann
Screenplay Beate F. Neumann
Cinematography Yoliswa Gaertig
Yvonne Loquens
Detlef Schitto
Producer Heike Kunze
Production Company telekult Film- und Medienproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, WDR, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 93 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions French, German
Original Version
 Russian/German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo

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