Eastern European Immigrant Experience On Screen

From the trailer for "Zaritsas"

From the trailer for “Zaritsas

Two films on the experiences of Eastern European female immigrants in NYC will be screened at the Finback Brewery on May 19 in Ridgewood, Queens, reports QNS’ Anthony Giudice. The screening is the fourth in the New York Women in Film & Television’s five-part series “Women Directors: Sharing Immigrant Experiences Through Film, presented by New York Women in Film & Television.”

The documentary “Zaritsas” is one of the films:

Directed, co-produced and written by Elena Beloff, “Zaritsas” is a 45-minute documentary about American stereotyping of Russian women as mail-order brides and sex workers. Beloff follows five Russian women for six months, interviewing each in her environment: a rapper in a Sheepshead Bay church; a saleswoman at the La Perla Madison Avenue Boutique; a model at home; a showgirl at a Brighton Beach restaurant and an exotic dancer.

Go to QNS to read about the other film, “English,” by Amanda Quaid, about a Polish immigrant mother and her son.

Watch the trailer for “Zaritsas”:

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