How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule, artists following their own vision were persecuted. But Igor Savitzky, a passionate young art collector, tricked the Soviet rulers into giving him money to salvage 40,000 works of forbidden art and to create a unique collection of Russian Avant Garde paintings in the desert of Uzbekistan. We talk with the filmmakers of the film Desert of Forbidden Art, featured at this month's Wisconsin Film Festival.
- Amanda Pope, filmmaker, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts; director, producer and writer of Desert of Forbidden Art
- Tchavdar Georgiev, filmmaker; director, producer and editor of Desert of Forbidden Art