Next Event: White Sun of the Desert Wednesday, October 11

Movie poster for White Sun of the Desert

One of the most popular Russian comedies explores the Bolsheviks in Central Asia during the 1920s.

Please come join us for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with Dr. Anton Fedyashin to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.


Tunlaw Theater,
Embassy of the Russian Federation

2641 Tunlaw Rd, NW, Washington, DC
(Use Tunlaw Gate to enter embassy)

Guests must show government-issued photo identification at the gate and all names on the guest list must match the identification of guests to enter. Tickets are NOT transferable; if all tickets are claimed, we offer any tickets that become available to our wait list. Business dress is required for this event and complimentary valet parking will be provided.


The Institute-provided transportation pick-up times and places are below. Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions will impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and Tunlaw Theater destination.

American University - The main bus stop behind Letts Hall at 5:15pm
George Washington University - near 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:15pm.
Georgetown University - near 37th and O St, NW between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.
UMD, BC - 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 4:30pm.
UMD, College Park - the Stamp Student Union, Union Lane between 5pm and 5:15pm.

Fall 2017

  • Vertov's Three Songs about Lenin
    Film Screening
    20 September 2017
    Russian Embassy
  • White Sun of the Desert
    Film Screening
    11 October 2017
    Russian Embassy
  • The Russian Experiment:
    Soviet Culture in the 1920s
    Sixth Annual Symposium
    19 October 2017
    Katzen Arts Center
    American University
  • Film Screening
    November 2017 TBD
    Russian Embassy

Recent Events & News

Our Summer 2017 activities.

Astronaut in space; detail from The Spaceman film poster.


US Premiere of The Spacewalker

AU's Carmel Institute co-hosts screening of new Russian film to mark International Day of Cosmonautics.

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Revolutionary Russia: A Cultural Legacy flyer

AU Summer Course "Revolutionary Russia: A Cultural Legacy, 1917-2017

The Carmel Institute sponsored students to attend Professor Anton Fedyashin's AU Summer Course. The course took ten students to St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian locations to explore Russian culture in person. Students walked the Russian capitals, visited museums, and attended cultural events to experience Russian culture first-hand.

Image of St. Petersburg in the mid-nineteenth century

An Evening with Fashion and Friends

Symposium at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

On 30 March, guests explored a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg through forty-five portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton. Carmel Institute Director Anton Fedyashin provided the historical and political context of American-Russian relations during Henry Middleton's post as American Minister to Russia in the 1820s and 30s and Dr. Rosalind Blakesley placed the portraits assembled in the Middleton album in the history of Russian portraiture during the era.

Lexo Toradze photo

Lexo Toradze Performance and Lecture

World-Renowned pianist at American University

In Katzen Arts Center on March 22, world-renowned pianist Mr. Lexo Toradze performed and lectured about the revolutionary changes in Russian and Soviet music after 1917 -- the experimentalism of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, the evolution of Soviet jazz, and the role of music during the Second World War. The audience also enjoyed a question-and-answer discussion with the artist after his performance.