Bunker Drama (2015)
HD video, sound color 29 min.
Bunker Drama is an agitprop film recorded inside an abandoned Soviet bunker in the forest of Vilnius, Lithuania. This mile long underground compound is the largest structure built outside of the Soviet Union during the occupation of the Baltic States. It was originally designed as a covert satellite facility to broadcast the resilience of the USSR in the event of nuclear war, and once contained the worlds largest archive of Soviet film productions and news reels. The site is used today by a film and television actor from the region who stages military training regiments for tourists who want to experience the hardships of the Soviet occupation. The EU recently decided these drills might also help motivate the region’s unemployed teenagers toward proper economic integration. Bunker Drama depicts the first of these publicly funded programs, focusing on the actor’s role in upholding the post-Soviet economic fantasy of the EU by juxtaposing his performance in the bunker with other characters he has played for television, cinema, and theater.