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In the next installment of the Culture fair series Sophie Shevardnadze invites viewers to the gypsy world of Russia. They have their own magazine, language courses and theatre, which is the only gypsy theater in the world. Their bright and colorful traditions have become an essential part of Russian culture, but they live according to their own laws.
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The Nigerian “dream factory”, Nollywood, became the second largest film industry in the world after India in just two decades. Its annual film production even surpasses Hollywood’s. What is its secret? RTD filmmakers travel to Lagos, to see how Nigerian movies are made.
They sing with their hands and hear with their eyes. Actors from the Nedoslov Theatre are hard-of-hearing or completely deaf. Most come to the theatre after graduating from the Russian State Special Institute of Arts. RT looks at their lives inside and outside the theatre.
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and its opulent ball portrayals, James Brown decides to delve into the Russian ballroom culture. He learns the dress code of a traditional ball, its etiquette and even a fan language: a code that female ball-regulars used to communicate with their admirers.
Russia's ballroom boom: children, students, businessmen and even pensioners are doing it. The world's leading coaches and dancers are travelling to Russia to perform, teach and make money. In Russia dancing's a tradition: it has an air of culture and is extremely competitive sport making people sacrifice everything.
Music is their life. It’s their best friend that cheers them up in difficult times. And it's their gift to others. They perform in the streets and on the trains. They sing in bars, often for free, and dream of a big break. Meet the happy-go-lucky street musicians of Moscow.
This is more than just a theatre group. The Free Debut Theatre lends a helpful hand to former prisoners by introducing them to the world of performing arts and giving them a chance to leave their past behind. The members of the theatre can re-invent themselves and their lives through acting.