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Soviet Bus Stops


Architecture during the Soviet period was under strict supervision, with art and monuments promoting communism. However, bus stops were often overlooked, allowing for distinctive designs. Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig discovered these unique structures in 2002, sparking a trend of documenting them. “Soviet Bus Stops” follows Herwig’s journey across former Soviet republics, capturing the creativity and local ideas expressed in these bus stops. The documentary highlights Herwig’s mission to preserve these architectural gems before they vanish, showcasing them as acts of quiet defiance against state control.


  • InFocus Film School blog
    Unusual journey into an engaging film about human connectivity, photography, politics, and history
    Kennedy Randall
  • Set the Tape blog
    Charming guide to a curious bygone era, spanning 10,000 miles of mostly rural, often desolate highway
    Nicholas Lay

Festival Participation

  • Danish Film Awards (Robert) - 2024
    Nominee Robert Best Short - Documentary
  • CPH:DOX - 2023
    Nominee NORDIC:DOX Award
  • Arch Film Lund - Lund International Architecture Film Festival - 2023
    Winner ArchFilmLund Prize Best Documentary Film
  • Docville - 2023
    Nominee Jury Award Best International Documentary
  • Vancouver International Film Festival - 2022

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