Russians speak of the massive river as "Mother Volga." The longest waterway in Europe, it courses from the wind-blown steppes of Asia through the green woodlands, medieval cities and rolling hills of the continent. Raphael Green, bold adventurer and film-maker, will escort you on a 2,000-mile sojourn with his new film at Kingsbury Hall on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. "The Volga: A Russian Riverboat Adventure" is the third presentation of the University Travel Club's season.
The travelog begins in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), where the titanic battles of millions of Nazi and Soviet soldiers, locked in a fierce deathgrip, were fought out at the height of World War II. You will witness the solemn, impressive changing-of-the-guards ceremony in the Hall of Military Glory. Nearby, on a hill called Mamayev Kurgan, the tallest free-standing statue in the world, at 179 feet high, towers over the city, cast with uplifted sword and the inscribed words "mother is calling."Green will take you northward stopping at Togliatti, Ulyanovsk, Kazan, Kozmodemjansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Uglich.
You will cruise the river for over 2,000 miles in a Russian riverboat chartered by an American company that caters to Western tourists. The ship docks each day. Local English-speaking guides lead tours to museums, churches and factories.
The voyage culminates as the riverboat berths at one of Europe's most important cities - Moscow. The film ends with special tours of Red Square and the Kremlin with a rousing folk dance and celebration.
Green first filmed Russia in 1956 shortly after Kruschev denounced Stalin. Altogether he has been there for 10 different film projects. He covered a press conference for the cosmonauts, escaped the deadly perils of Chernobyl, observed the momentous Reagan/Gorbachev summit, and filmed "The Millennium - One Thousands Years of Christianity in Russia."
For 10 years he was director-cameraman on the audio-visual education staff of the University of Minnesota. At the same time, he was the official cameraman for the Minnesota Golden Gophers' football team.
During diplomatic travels for a special White House mission, Green was the first American since Mao Zedong came to power to film a travelog in China. Recently, his educational film "The Faces of China" won a red ribbon at the prestigious American Film and Video Festival.
For more information about tickets, call 581-7100 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Season tickets, which offer substantial savings over buying individual tickets, are still available.
A shuttle bus will begin service between Rice Stadium parking lot and Kingsbury Hall at approximately 6 p.m. Monday.