Here and Now Directed
Roman Shumunov Israel / 2018 / 90 minutes North American Premiere
In Hebrew and Russian with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Roman Shumunov, Vlad Dubinsky
In Ashdod, a sea-side city in Israel, home to a large Russian speaking immigrant community, Andrey and his buddies struggle to keep their families afloat while dreaming of success as a hip-hop band. We have to move on though it's not always easy, but the most important thing is to keep the spirit and the faith, they rap in their native Russian at the edgy hip-hop clubs. But keeping the spirit gets harder and harder as Andrey's life spirals out of control and the risk of losing the home he and his young sister live in becomes imminent. As he is forced to make dangerous choices in order to save his home and family, the musicians' dream of making their voices heard at an international music festival, and rising out of their harsh reality, seems to fade. Gritty and tender, Here and Now is an authentic social drama that is as universal as it is human. —Svetlana Krotek
34 year-old Roman Shumunov is one of Israel's most promising directors. He was born in Georgia but moved to Russia after fleeing the Georgian civil war at age 9. In 2001, Shumunov immigrated to Israel on his own for a student program. He started film studies at Sapir Academic College in 2008. He now dedicates his life to filmmaking.
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