John Armstrong's latest film, "Bashkaus: Hard Labor in Siberia," will be shown at the Arcade Theater, 400 South and 900 West, at 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17. Admission is $4.
Armstrong, who will be present both nights to discuss the film, is a former Salt Lake resident whose previous films, "Paucartambo: Inca River" and "Paucartambo: The Rest of the River," were well-received in Utah Media Arts Center screenings."Bashkaus" is another documentary chronicling the adventures of American rafters and kayakers, this time going with Soviet paddlers down one of the toughest white water rivers in the Soviet Union.
Unlike the large rafts used by Americans, Soviets use smaller catamarans constructed of two inflatable canvas bags lashed together with a birch frame, which are more maneuverable in the narrow gorge.
The Bashkaus was run for the first time in 1977. Since then only 22 parties have completed the trip. Travel down the river is discouraged due to a penchant for accidents and fatalities, and footage of broken catamarans and discussion of recent deaths are included in the film.
Altai villagers who inhabit the region are also shown, along with archival footage and photographs for historical reference. The film is underscored by Altaic and other traditional Russian folk music.
For further information phone the Utah Media Arts Center, 534-1158.