Soviet Cineclubs: Baranov's Film/Media Education Model

Journal of Media Literacy Education. 2015, N 7(2), pp. 12-22

11 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015

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Alexander Fedorov

Rostov State Univesity of Econimics; Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute

Elizaveta Friesem

Temple University

Date Written: September 1, 2015


In this paper we analyze a historical form of media literacy education that is still insufficiently discussed in English language literature: Russian cineclubs. We focus on one particular cineclub that was created by a Soviet educator Oleg Baranov in the 1950s. We describe this cineclub’s context and structure, and discuss its popularity among students. The content of Baranov’s classes might have been shaped by ideological requirements of the time. However, we believe that the structure of his model can be used as an inspiration for a media literacy club in today’s schools globally, and not only in Russia.

Keywords: film, education, critical thinking, ideology, film clubs, Russia, Soviet, history

Suggested Citation

Fedorov, Alexander and Friesem, Elizaveta, Soviet Cineclubs: Baranov's Film/Media Education Model (September 1, 2015). Journal of Media Literacy Education. 2015, N 7(2), pp. 12-22. Available at SSRN:

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Elizaveta Friesem

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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