Bitch Academy

    Kak stat stervoi

    • Alina Rudnitskaya
    • Russia
    • 2007
    • 29 min
    • Focus: Around Masculinity

    Social relationships in Russian society have changed a great deal since the 1990s. What is expected of you as a young woman these days? And even more importantly, how can you make sure to appeal to the contemporary, successful Russian man? The answer to these questions is Bitch Academy, a training school for the modern-day gold digger.

    The male course instructor employs unorthodox methods. Boosted by his advice, exercises and role play, a striking game unfolds between him and his female students. In an atmosphere of sexism and abuse of power, a world of lust and temptation is created in which there's only room for the most ruthless seductress. The students emulate that image, but behind their sexy masks lurks a world of great uncertainty and sorrow.

    Filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya simply observes. Together with her crew, she snakes her way around the tiny classroom and films a shocking portrait of a society adrift.


    • 29 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Russian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Alina Rudnitskaya
    Viacheslav Telnov for St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio
    Sergey Maksimov
    Zhanna Romanova
    Ivan Gusakov

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    Focus: Around Masculinity

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