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The Eleventh Year
1928, Kyiv Film Studio VUFKU, 5 parts / 1,600 m, 59 min
The Eleventh Year is the first of three avant-garde films made by Dziga Vertov and his brother, cameraman Mikhail Kaufman, in Ukraine on the basis of the newly opened VUFKU Kyiv Film Studio.
Dedicated to the success of the first five years in Donbas, the film tells the story of accelerated industrial modernisation of eastern Ukraine, which resulted in the transformation of an agricultural country into an industrial one. The Eleventh Year is Vertov’s first experiment in implementing his programme of developing a specific film language, separate from the language of theatre and literature, in which the camera would directly capture the raw matter of life. This programme was fully implemented by Vertov in his next Ukrainian film, Man With a Movie Camera (1929).