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Red Penguins: Greed, Corruption, and Capitalism Run Amok in Post-Soviet Russia

Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Award-winning Filmmaker Gabe Polsky has followed up Red Army (2014), his highly-acclaimed documentary about the legendary Soviet hockey team, with Red Penguins. The new film chronicles the 1990s partnership between the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the Red Army team that redefined hockey and what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz Steve Warshaw went to Moscow in 1993 to transform the Red Army team into the greatest show in Russia. Along the way, he attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising. But Warshaw and his American partners soon found Russia’s ‘wild east’ capitalism to be more than they bargained for.

Red Penguins premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in late 2019 and has been one of the top downloaded films on iTunes since its general release last month.

Join this virtual discussion via Zoom on Thursday, September 10 at 12:00 pm (CST) to examine the lessons learned during this tumultuous era of oligarchs and corruption, and how they can help shape business, cultural, and political relations between the U.S. and Russia in the years ahead. This is a free program presented via Zoom.  Please register in advance (link below).

Gabe Polsky, Filmmaker
Steven Warshaw, Film Protagonist, Professional Sports Marketer
Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation; Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Per Hong, Partner, Kearney, based in Moscow from 2010-2016
Nick Hayes, Russia Scholar/Commentator

Paula Ramaley, Principal, PMR Consulting; Former Director, Fulbright Fund Moscow; Former Director, Siberian Bridges

We encourage you to view Red Penguins prior to the program. You can rent or buy the film on Amazon PrimeiTunesGoogle PlayYouTube, or other streaming platforms or pay-TV operators.

This program is presented in partnership by the Russian-American Business and Culture CouncilGlobal Minnesota, the Committee on Foreign Relations MinnesotaMinnesota Trade OfficeThe Museum of Russian Art, & Zerkalo/Russian Media MN.



Thursday, September 10, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm