In the summer of 1998, as a part of a major drive to clear Moscow's
streets of tramps and beggars of all ages before the International
Youth Olympics, government officials conducted mass deportation of
those they consider "undesirable."
"Undesirables" is a documentary about the Russia Police
Force and their determination to escort the homeless youth out of
Moscow during high profile events such as the 1998 International Youth
The film follows the stories of four youths in different parts of
Russia. Three of them have runaway from their provincial homes to
Moscow. The film depicts Moscow's juvenile detention center, where
the police herd runaway children during official events to keep them
off the streets. "Undesirables" documents the children's
eventually deportation from Moscow back to their abusive families,
or to reform schools in the provinces. We also see the story of the
child in the empoverished provincial town, thousands of miles from
the well-off capital.
Marianna Yarovskaya is a former correspondent for Russian State Television.
Graduating from Moscow State University Yarovskaya went to work for
a prime time news station on Russian television before she went on
to obtain her MFA degree in film production from the University of
Southern California. "Undesirables" is her thesis project
and was shot last year all across Russia with the joint efforts of
both U.S. and Russian citizens.
Marianna Yarovskaya, Director, Producer
1112 7th Street #1208
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5210
Tel. (650) 776-8671
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