"Leningrad Movie" profiles the late director Dinara Asanova, whose films about relationships underscored her "determination to avoid Party-approved stereotypes." Included: the director auditioning and working with actors; and clips from several of her movies.
"October Harvest" examines life on a collective farm through the experiences of the Kulinich family. In addition to working for the state collective, the family has its own private garden and raises its own animals. Included are scenes of the family celebrating the arrival of their new car.
"Soldier Boy" follows a Red Army recruit from the day he receives his draft notice to his last day of basic training. Included: the recruit reacts to his new regulation haircut; a drill instructor surveys his new charges. Anchor: Judy Woodruff.
A visit to Tallinn, Estonia, a city with a Western flavor, for a sampling of Soviet fashions. Included: a profile of designer Krista Kajanda, who talks about the difficulty of obtaining fabrics; and scenes of a fashion show. Anchor: Judy Woodruff.
A profile of Tatyana Naumova, a town-council official in Nakhodka, a "Pacific Outpost" some 6000 miles from Moscow. Naumova is seen acting on complaints from townspeople, distributing state medals and attending receptions. Also: scenes of Naumova at home.
"The Master of Samarkand" profiles Abduguffar Khakkulov, a master craftsman in the Asian republic of Uzbekistan, who restores deteriorated mosques and minarets in this predominantly Muslim province. Abduguffar and his sons are observed using skills passed down through generations to repair intricate mosaics. Judy Woodruff anchors.
Cameras in the Moldavian town of Beltsy witness "The Trial of Tamara Russo," a cleaning woman accused of theft. Also: a comparison of the lifestyles of the accused and the presiding judge, a pillar of society in their small town.
Filmed without permission, "All That Jazz" profiles Sergey Kuryokhin, a musician who lacks official recognition---and thus finds it difficult to stage concerts or make recordings. Included are scenes of Kuryokhin leading his jazz-rock band Popular Mechanics. Judy Woodruff anchors.
Cameras track a hunting family in Siberia in "Hunter and Son." Each fall, Yuri Kuzakov and his father leave their small Siberian settlement to test themselves against the frozen wilderness. Included: an interview with Yuri's wife, who describes their harsh living conditions.
"The Education of Rita" follows a young Muscovite as she finishes up her teacher training at the Lenin State Pedagogical Institute and begins her first assignment. Rita talks about her nervousness over her final exams; her interest in clothes; and her plans for marriage.