Viktor Tsoi, Rock & Roll, and the Soviet State

201 Wilson Commons, Rochester, 14611

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Rachid Nougmanov’s Yahha (1986) is a whimsical, atmospheric look into a day in the life of the underground rock music scene in Gorbachev-era Leningrad. The documentary follows a group of young music fans on a kaleidoscopic journey that includes a performance in a boiler room, a raucous punk wedding, and irreverent street banter, all the while capturing the freewheeling spirit of a budding youth subculture on the cusp of a seismic sociopolitical shift. The film features some of the most prominent Perestroika-era rock musicians, including Viktor Tsoi, Konstantin Kinchev, and Mike Naumenko. (In Russian with English subtitles).

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