Biography: Born in Moscow in 1973, Alla Kovgan has been sharing her time between Russia and the US since 1996 making films, installations, and stage intermedia performances in collaboration with artists from different disciplines as well as teaching and curating dance film and avant-garde cinema around the world. Her breakthrough film Nora (36′, 2008), co-directed with David Hinton and based on true stories of a Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, received 30 awards in every kind of genre (fiction, documentary, video art). After being broadcast on ARTE, PBS, TV3 (Spain), NRK (Norway) and SVT (Sweden) and presented at over 200 festivals and venues including MoMA, Louvre and Tate Modern, it was selected to represent the US at Input 2011. Alla also co-directed, wrote and edited Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007) and Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007).
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2010 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2011 – Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray);
Nora (2010 – David Hinton, Alla Kovgan).
African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich (2002);
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007 – Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray);
Nora (2008 – David Hinton, Alla Kovgan);
Russia’s Pepsi Generation (2009);
New London Calling (2010).