The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun' (2015) looks at the poetic dimension of solar cosmology within the work of Soviet biophysicist, Alexander Chizhevsky. The film introduces Сhizhevsky’s research into the impact of solar emissions on human sociology, psychology, politics and economics in the form of wars, revolutions, epidemics and other upheavals. The film aligns the life of post-soviet rural residents and the futurological projects of cosmism to emphasise that the goal of the early Soviet breakthroughs aimed at the conquest of outer space was not so much technical acceleration, but the common cause of humankind in their struggle against limitations of earthly life.
Directed by Anton Vidokle / Cinematography Ayman Nahle
has been shown internationally at the 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2015); 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded, Berlin (2016); Beyond the Globe | 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Ljubljana (2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); 7th Gwangju Biennale, where it was the recipient of the Noon Award (2016); Visual Culture Research Center, Kiev, (2016); Berlinale Spotlight, India (2016); Far From Moscow Film Festival, Los Angeles (2016); Tate St Ives (2016); Okayama Art Summit (2016); 33rd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (2016); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); and the Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow (2016).among others.