Press about Semyon Pinkhasov films

Best Screenplay Award - International Festival of Sport Films, Krasnogorski, Russia – 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – 18th Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - 2010 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – 27th Milano International FICTS (Sports Movies & TV) Festival, Milan, Italy - 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection – Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, USA – 2008 2009 - “What If? The Helene Mayer Story”

Official Selection - Festival de Cine de Granada – 2007 - “I am not Giordano Bruno”


Pinkhasov press

Hidden Tales from 1936
Mondo Mark Blog, April 25, 2010 by Mark R. Hasan

...the film’s title begs a question whose answer can only be hypothetical: Had Mayer refused, would the Olympics have occurred, or would her refutation of participating for the Nazis have been a major humiliation on the international stage?


Emigre to U.S. documents extraordinary Russian lives, June 25, 2010, By Daniel Bases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soviet Russia's missiles and soldiers snaking through Red Square made for chilling images of a repressed society during the Cold War, but one Russian-American filmmaker is casting a new light on the period to show there was cultural life beneath the communist ice. Semyon Pinkhasov, an emigre to the United States at the height of the Cold War has made documentary films about prominent Soviet-era artisans and sport figures, who not only survived but thrived during communism's repressive rule. (Watch the video interview with Pinkhasov )


What If? The Helene Mayer Story (2009)
KQEK a different kind of media site, 2010 by Mark R. Hasan

...Gathering a solid body of interview subjects for his film – including Helene Mayer’s sister-in-law – Pinkhasov worms through several of the key conflicts in his subject’s life, and the film becomes less of an investigative doc about whether the refusal to participate would’ve shamed the Nazi regime and cancelled the famous Berlin Olympics, but rather a chronicle of Helen’s athletic rise growing up in an apolitical and apparently irreligious family environment


Foiled Again

James Traub, “Foiled Again,” GQ, February 1994.

...When Semyon Pinkhasov, the Russian fencer who was to be my coach, asked me why I wanted to learn fencing, I did, alas, use the word “elegant”. It was a rookie mistake. Semyon… looked at me dismissively and said ”Fencing is not elegant; it’s brutal”...
GQ, Volume 64, Number 2, February 1994, pages 98-104.