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This week we covered sport in Eastern Europe and Western Europe. To explore further
understand the importance of sport from a cultural, nationalistic, and unifying standpoint, you are
to watch the film Red Army (Polsky, 2014).
Answer the following questions:
Part 1 – answer both questions:
1. What are your general thoughts about the movie?
2. How does the movie connect to this week’s module or the emerging themes of this course?
Part 2 – Answer one of the following questions:
1. What personal burdens and hardships did the players have to bear in order to play for the Red
2. Why was the Red Army’s success in ice hockey deemed so important to the Soviet Union?
3. Why did the Russian government begin allowing its elite hockey players to play in the West
(e.g., the United States of America)?
4. After the fall of communism, Slava Fetisov lamented that Russia had “kind of forget about
the patriotism. Kind of shame, what we was before….we lost something, we lost our pride.
We lost our soul.” What do you believe he was referring to in this quote?
5. Having watched the film, what (if anything) can the US learn and adopt into its approach to
sport used in Eastern Europe in the 1960s to 1980s?