Anastasia Kostina is a PhD Candidate in the joint program in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. Her dissertation research explores the films and career of Soviet documentary and filmmaker Esfir Shub from 1927 to 1937. Anastasia’s broader academic interests include documentary film history and theory with particular focus on questions of ideology, credibility and representation; transgressions between documentary and fiction; women’s film history, early Soviet and post-Soviet documentary film.
M.Phil. in Film and Media Studies & Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University 2019
M.A. in American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston 2011
“ArtDocFest 2014: Politics, Rural Hardships and Youth.” KinoKultura, no 48, April 2015
“Esfir Shub. Selected Writings.” Translation. Feminist Media Histories, vol. 2, no. 3, pp 17-28, July 2016
“Compiling History for Masses: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty.” Senses of Cinema, no. 85, December 2017
“Compiling History for Masses: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty.” One Hundred Years of Soviet Cinema, ed. Daniel Fairfax. The LedaTape Organization, July 2019
“Hunting for Reality: An Interview with Marina Razbezhkina.” Film Quarterly, Vol. 73, no 3. March 2020
Recent conference presentations:
“Art or Craft? Esfir Shub’s The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty and Its
Contemporary Reception.” ASEEES, November 2019.
“Women with a Movie Camera: How Russian Documentary Raised a New Generation of Filmmakers.” ASEEES, December 2018.
“Poor Little Homeless Girl: Russian Documentary in Search of a Perfect
Victim.” ASEEES, November 2017.
“Rough Is the New Credible: Civil Violence in Russia and Ukraine as Seen on Youtube.” IAMHIST, July 2017.
“From Geiger Counters to Birds Singing: Documentary Representations of Chernobyl Over Time.” SCMS, March 2016.
“Chasing Reality in Modern Russia: Marina Razbezhkina School of Documentary.” ASEEES, November 2015.
“From Editor to Director: Esfir Shub’s Compilation Trilogy Through the Lens of Its Contemporary Reception” at SSEES, University College London, December 2020
Grants and Awads:
2009-2011 Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program
2011 American Studies Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
2010 Grand Prix “My UMass Boston Student Video Contest” at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
2017 American IAMHIST Conference Graduate Student Grant