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May 6, 2011 at 2:30pm

SATURDAY: "Desert of Forbidden Art"

Filmmaker Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope will be in Olympia Saturday for the first showing of "Desert of Forbidden Art"

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How unlikely was it that 40,000 works of Russian avant-garde art, forbidden by the former Soviet Union, would be housed in a museum in Uzbekistan?

When told about the museum, filmmaker Tchavdar Georgiev at first didn't even believe it.

"We heard about this incredible collection in the middle of the desert," says Georgiev, who lived in Russia until he was seven-years-old and speaks the language fluently. "I said, ‘That is simply impossible. There can be nothing of any value there.' So we didn't go."

Impossible but true, as he found out and is now sharing with the world via Desert of Forbidden Art, screening in Olympia May 7-12. Georgiev and fellow filmmaker Amanda Pope, a professor at the University of Southern California, will speak at the first screening Saturday.

To read Molly Gilmore's full article on Desert of Forbidden Art, click here.

Desert of Forbidden Art with filmmakers

Saturday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

$8.50, $5.50 for Olympia Film Society members, $4 for kids

Film screens daily through May 12

Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia

360.754.6670 or olympiafilmsociety.org or desertofforbiddenart.com

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Screens, Olympia,

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ron pollard said on May. 07, 2011 at 9:31am

This is a very provocative film. I have a feeling that it's only the first chapter. I would be interesting to see what happens to this collection in five years.

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