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A meeting on a train in Russia
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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When I was in Russia, on one of my trips, I took the train across Russia almost to the Chinese border. And as we were going back to Moscow I saw a compartment; it appeared to have a family in it. And I knocked on the window, and as I came into the compartment one of the two children, who turned out to be the nephew and the other one the niece of the aunt and uncle who were accompanying them, she gave me this little photograph. And then they proceeded to tell me that they were on this train ride because these two children had just lost their mother who'd been killed by their father, and their aunt and uncle were taking them to the Ukraine to take care of them. And the photograph was of their mother in her coffin. So I filmed all of that. And, since many years have gone by it'll be all the more interesting now that I get- getting financing for the film, to go to the Ukraine to find out what happened and to see how these kids were doing.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Russia, Moscow, Ukraine

Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008