Sochi Resort for the People, 1961

Sochi Resort for the People Short Video with Music

Sochi Resort for the People from Paul Richards on Vimeo.

Sochi Resort for the People, USSR, 1961. Photo by Harvey Richards

Sochi Resort for the People, USSR, 1961. Photo by Harvey Richards

In 1961, I traveled with my father, Harvey Richards, and step mother, Alice, to the Soviet Union to help them make a film about the USSR to encourage better understanding and friendship between the United States and the USSR. One of our stops was in Sochi, Resort for the People, on the Black Sea, where Harvey filmed and photographed the town and the people.  A photo gallery and two films are available on the Harvey Richards Media Archive about Sochi and our other stops during that summer. This video is a compilation of some of the still photos accompanied by the song “Near Black Sea” downloaded from web site.  Together they offer a relaxing tour of a marvelous moment of time when working people could visit a resort for the people.  With the anti-Soviet propaganda machine dusted off and turned into the anti-Russia machine for the winter Olympics, this little video might be a welcome antidote for the poisoned atmosphere created by the mainstream media, which my father would have appreciated.

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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