St. Petersburgh. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Home of Dostoevsky, Pushkin, and the Tsar. Renamed “Leningrad’ under Stalin. Enter a society of millionaires and families trying to hold on to their coveted real estate in a capitalistic market. 25 minutes long.
The Russian City of St. Petersburg is most commonly referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’. Filled with several canals, it was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 to compete with the architectural treasure of Italy and France.
Witness: Eviction on Millionaire Street takes viewers behind the scenes of this once picturesque community into a world less visited. Into a place of communal apartments, some with no electricity or water. The living conditions are horrendous and appalling. Some rooms are occupied by an entire family; three or four people living in one room.
This disturbing film takes viewers inside these apartments, that at one time were luxurious but have since become ruined beyond repair. The film highlight’s Galina and some of her neighbours who reside on Millionaire’s street. It reveals how they are able to continue living in these buildings. Some of the residences have resided in these apartments their whole lives.
Also highlighted in the film is their struggle keep these apartments as investors attempt to take the properties from them. Offered very little for their properties, the residents turn away the investors. Witness: Eviction on Millionaire Street tells the story of St. Petersburg.