Twins and pies (2014)

“Twins and pies” analyzes the influences of Russian-Soviet culture on the philosophy of a popular American writer, Ayn Rand. Born in Russia in 1905, Ayn Rand had lived through the Russian revolution, the civil war and the war communism before moving to the US. Despite Rand’s strong pro-capitalist convictions, there are many links that connect her philosophy to the theories of Russian revolutionary ideologists. The film explores some of these connections by imagining the figure of Ayn Rand’s twin, Emilia, who remained in the USSR and became a writer of moral stories for young Soviet children. The film reconstructs Emilia’s biography based on a large collection of archival photographs produced in Russia between the 1900s and 1980s, and analyzes Emilia’s stories for their potential insight into Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy.

Twins and pies, HD video and scanned archival photographs, 24:45 min., 2014