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Vostokkino (Eastern Cimema)


Vostokkino was a trust formed in 1926 out of three film companies, Tatkino, Nemkino and Chuvashkino. Vostokkino produced and exhibited movies in the regions of Central Asia and Siberia, and it handled motion picture marketing of films under its banner. While it did not typically produce political posters, the entity did publish books and newspapers about cinema. The idea behind Vostokkino was to develop social and political relationships between the Soviet East and the Soviet West. Vostokkino’s core management was ethnically Russian but it carried out a training program for directors, camera operators, actors, etc. from Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and other Central Asian republics. The Vostokkino trust was terminated between 1933 and 1935 in large part due to its inferior cinema technology and a lack of viable film scripts. However, its production staff also suffered imprisonment, punitive expulsion, and execution during the purges of the 1930s.


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