Personal Profile

Olesya Bondareva

Olesya Bondareva graduated from television journalism faculty of Moscow State University.

In the early 1990's she worked for several years in the First Channel (Ostankino) as commentator. She also made cultural reports and covered the wars in Chechnya and Armenia (Karabakh) as a special reporter. At the same she made two independent films, one about the Armenian genocide and another about Russian elections.

In 1993 The Open Society Institute gave her a prize for her “innovative approach to journalism”.

From 1995 onwards she worked seven years as director of a highly popular television “Point of View” (Vzgliad). During this time she made approximately 150 documentary stories, portraits and short films. One of these documentaries, “Gisele”, was awarded a second price at the Montenegro Documentary Film Festival.

In 2000 she co-produced the film “Undesirables” which received the 2001 Student Award American Film Academy, and in 2000 - a student “Emmy”.

In 2002 she made a documentary entitled “Generation” which was nominated in 2003 for TEFI price, the “Russian Emmy”.

In 2004, together with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences she created a documentary film studio, of which she is currently the Director. With a grant from the Federal Committee on Culture and Cinematography (Russia) she directed “The man invented the stars” which was screened at numerous festivals in Russia.

In 2006 she co-directed and co-produced the film "Holy Warriors" which received the “Best Documentary” award at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris (2007) and the Critics Price at the 54th Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film (2007).

During 2007 - 2008 she worked as chief editor of the magazine “Digital Photo” (circulation 100 000).

In 2008 she produced and directed feature documentary “Canceled Love”.

Currently she works on an independent long-term project about spiritual teachers in different cult

Short film credits

Director, Producer

The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan

Finland | Jun 2010 | 27:00
The form of Sufism present in Kazakhstan was originally born through the contact between lslam and the local CentralAsian traditions, most notably sha...
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