Russian American History Video Contest 2019

In 2018 PH International, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation conducted  the Russian American History Video Contest 2018.  What will you discover?

The video had to be about ONE element (a person, an event, a place, etc.) that unites Russia and the United States and serves as an example of our common culture and shared values. Who/what was it? What positive impact did it/he/she have on the United States and Russia? How has the legacy been preserved to this day? 

We received 47 creative and exciting videos about different aspects of Russian and American joint history.  All videos were evaluated by a team of experts including representatives of the Fort Ross Conservancy, U.S. and Russian professors of history, IT specialists, and international relations experts.

Project topics ranged greatly from the life of Samantha Smith, to the Soviet pilot, Valery Chkalov’s, pioneer polar flight from Europe to the American Pacific Coast, to the creation of the International Space Station.

In the end nine highly-qualified semifinalist teams were selected for to be interviewed.

The Acorns of Peace, a St. Petersburg-based team, were the first finalist team. They created their own paintings and drawings to tell the story of George Sumner, a nineteenth-century American researcher and traveler, and his journey to Russia. When meeting with the Russian Emperor, he presented him with an acorn from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a symbol of respect and friendship between the two nations.

The second finalist team, Soyuz-Apollo, is from Volgograd, and was inspired to name their group after their project topic, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. This mission marked the first joint U.S.-Soviet spaceflight, when the Apollo Command Module docked with the Soviet Soyuz 19.

The winners will travel to the United States in July 2018 to visit New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco and will participate in the annual Fort Ross Festival!

The seven semi-finalist teams will receive prizes and certificates. You can watch their videos:

#TulaAccess; Tula

Access Girls Travellers; Berdsk

TV crew "Korobka Peredach", Yaroslavl

Dreamers; Cheboksary

Unity crew; Novosibirsk

Postmen; Moscow

Smart Cookies; Yekaterinburg

We congratulate all teams for their efforts and thank everyone who participated!

Photo Gallery 2018