Watching and Discussing

Smotrim… Obsuzhdaem… (Watching and discussing) is a weekly prime time talk show, the only one to show creative, feature length documentaries in Russia.

The show is broadcast Saturday evenings by Rossia-K (a.k.a. Kultura) channel. The channel is a part of the All-Russian State TV and Radio Company and can be accessed by almost 75 percent of the country’s population.

The films (52 minutes to 2 hours) are followed by 39 minutes of in-studio discussion moderated by Vladimir Khotinenko.

The concept of the show belongs to Sergei Miroshnichenko and Grigory Libergal who also select the films for the program.

Project authors:

Sergey Miroshnichenko - Honored Artist of Russia, Emmy award - winning documentary film director and professor at the All Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Sergei heads his own documentary film studio, Studio “Ostrov”, and has a very distinguished career as a documentary film maker and as a producer. Among his projects are:
«28 Up. Born in the USSR», currently in production
«River of Life», 2011 for «Rossia-1», Russia
«The Word. 90th  anniversary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn», 2008, Russia
«21 Up. Born in the USSR», 2005, United Kingdom, Russia
«Unknown Putin. Peace and War», 2000, Russia

Grigory Libergal is a Vice President of Russian Documentary Film and Television Guild. Among the films he has produced or executively produced four has won the prestigious Nika Award for Best Documentary of the Year. His Open Skies distribution project (1994-2003) was crucial in bringing documentaries back to television screens in Russia/CIS.  Since 2006 Libergal and Miroshnichenko act as curators of the Moscow Documentary Film Festival Documentary Program.

Vladimir Khotinenko is a prominent film director, screen writer and actor, People’s Artist of Russia, winner of Nika and many other awards. He is the head of the film direction chair at the All Russian State Institute of Cinematography and also leads the directors workshop in VGIK and Higher Courses of Directors and Scriptwriters.




1. THE BRIDGE  (2006), UK-USA, dir. Eric Steel

2. RHYTHM IS IT (2006), Germany, dir. Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch

3. FIGHT (2005), USA, dir. Barak Goodman

4. YOUNG@HEART 2007), UK, dir. Steven Walker

5. BLOODY MONDAYS AND STRAWBERRY PIES (2009), The Netherlands, dir. Coco Schrijber

6. THE YESMEN FIX THE WORLD (2009), USA, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno

7. BASTION OF SIN (2009), Germany, dir. Thomas Lauterbach

8. IN THE HANDS OF THE GODS (2008), UK, dir. Ben Turner, Gabe Turner

9. DANIEL ELLSBERG: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA (2009), USA, dir. Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

10. BIG RIVER MAN (2009), USA, dir. John Maringouin

11. UNMISTAKEN CHILD (2009), Israel, dir. Nati Baratz

12. THE COVE (2009), USA, dir.      Louie Psihoyos

13. MAN ON WIRE (2008), UK-USA, dir. James Marsh

14. THE FORTRESS (2008), Switzerland, dir. Fernand Melgar

15. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL (2008), USA, dir. Gini Reticker

16. PIZZA IN AUSCHWITZ (2008), Israel, dir. Moshe Zimerman

17. WASTE LAND (2009), UK-USA, dir. Lucy Walker

18. TOUCHING THE VOID (2003), UK, dir. Kevin MacDonald


19. EXIT THROUGHT THE GIFT SHOP (2009), UK, dir. Banksy

20. AFGHAN STAR (2009), UK, dir. Havana Marking

21. MURDERBALL (2006), USA, dir. Dana Adam Shapiro

22. INTO ETERNITY (2010), Denmark, dir. Michael Madsen

23. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB(1999), Germany, dir. Wim Wenders

24. DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR (2009), Estonia-Finland, dir. Jaak Kilmi

25. Glass: Portrait of a Philip in 12 parts (2008), Australia, dir. Scott Hicks

26. CZECH DREAM (2004), Czech Republic. dir. Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda

27. KATKA (2010), Czech Republic, dir. Helena Třeštíková

28  HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2011), USA, dir. Danfung Dennis

29. PIANOMANIA (2009), Ausria-Germany, dir. Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck

30. THE LAST MOUNTAIN (2011), USA, dir. Bill Haney

31. The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006), Denmark, dir. Pernille Rose Grønkjær

32. HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGHT MR. FOSTER (2010), UK, Spain, dir. Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado

33. MARATHON BOY (2010), UK, India, dir. Gemma Atwal

34. IF A TREE FALLS (2011), USA, UK, dir. Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman

35. LIFE 2.0 (2010), USA, dir. Jason Spingarn-Koff

36. PIT no. 8 (2010), Estonia, Ukraine, dir. Marianna Kaat

37. CINEMA KOMUNISTO (2010), Serbia, dir. Mila Turajlic

38. MY KIDNAPPER (2010), UK, Colombia, dir. Mark Henderson, Kate Horne

39. ERASING DAVID (2010), UK, dir. David Bond, Melinda McDougall

40. GOOGLE BABY (2009), Israel, dir. Zippi Brand Frank

41. THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED (2011), USA, Liberia, dir. Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss

42. THE MATATOR (2008), USA, Spain, dir. Stephen Higgins, Nina Gilden Seavey


43. BORN IN THE USSR: 7-14-21-28up Series (1991,1998,2005,2012), Russia, UK, dir. Sergey Miroshnichenko

44. BE SOBER! (2012), Russia, dir. Valery Timoshinko

45. HITLER’S CHILDREN (2011), Israel, dir. Chanoch Ze’evi

46. BORIS RYGHY (2009), Netherlands, dir. Aliona van der Horst

47. NIKITA KHRUSHEV: VIEW FROM THE ABROAD (2012), Russia, dir. Efim Reznikov

48. KEINE KAMERADEN (2012), Germany, dir. Beate Lehr-Metzger

49. ADDICTED TO PLASTIC (2008), Canada, dir. Ian Connacher

50. INTO THE ABYSS (2011), USA, UK, Germany, dir. Werner Herzog

51. THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012), USA, dir. Kirby Dick

52. ALONE IN FOUR WALLS (2007), Russia-Germany, dir.

Alexandra Westmeier

53. MARWENCOL (2010), USA, dir. Jeff Malmberg

54. FATHER PAISIY (2012), Russia, dir. Aleksandr Stolyarov

55. BODY PARTS (2009), Russia, dir. Mariya Kravchenko

56. MY CLASS (2007), Russia-Germany, dir. Yekaterina Eremenko

57. NO IMPACT MAN (2009), USA, dir. Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein

58. FLASHBACK (2002), Latvia, Israel, France, dir. Herz Frank

59. BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002), USA, dir. Michael Moore


61. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS (2012), USA, dir. Alexandre Philippe

62. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME (2008), China, Denmark, dir. Weijun Chen

63. THIS SPACE AVAILABLE (2012), USA, dir. Gwenaelle Gobe

64. KEVORKIAN (2010), USA, dir. Matthew Galkin

WIDE EMBRACE (2011), Russia, dir. Julia Kiseleva
DECRESCENDO (2011), Poland, dir. Marta Minorowicz

66. DOLCE (1999), Japan, Russia, dir. Aleksandr Sokurov

67. ARIRANG (2011), South Korea, dir. Kim Ki-duk

68. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (2008), USA, dir. Errol Morris


69. AND WHO TAUGHT YOU TO DRIVE (2012), Germany, dir. Andrea Thiele

70. HULL’S ANGEL (2004), UK, dir. Shaun McAllister

71. TRASHED (2012), USA, dir. Candida Brady, with the participation of Jeremy Irons

72. ALL WHAT WE DO (2013), Russia, dir. Angelina Golikova

73. PURA VIDA \ THE RIDGE (2012), Spain, dir. Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina

74. DRAGON GIRLS (2012), Germany, dir. Inigo Wetmeier

75. THE TUNDRA BOOK.A TALE OF VUKVUKAI, THE LITTLE ROCK (2011), Russia, dir. Aleksey Vakhrushev

76. FATHER AND SON (2013), Poland, dir. Pawel Lozinsky

77. COLORS OF MATH (2012), Germany, Russia, dir. Yekaterina Eremenko

78. THE GENIUS OF MARIAN (2013), USA, dir. Banker White with the participation of Anna Fitch

79. STORIES WE TELL (2012), Canada, dir. Sarah Polly

80. BLOOD BROTHER (2013), USA, dir. Steve Hoover

81. NOT MY LAND (2013), Estonia, dir. Alyona Surjikova


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Program director - Grigory Libergal


Buyer, line producer - Georgy Molodtsov