Director and screenwriter of documentary films, journalist, rock musician, member of the Academy of Russian Television. Winner of the “Laurel,” “Teffi” and “Stalker” prizes.
Yelena is the irreplaceable presenter of the Tolerance Centre's Cinema Club, whose full title is thus “Cinema Club with Yelena Pogrebizhskaya.” This is one of the most interesting work formats in the Centre, attended by senior schoolchildren, students and adults. In one of her interviews, Yelena stated that: “Film is the surest means of conveying emotions. Through cinema, the problems of another become fully understandable to anyone who sits in the audience. This is better than any speech or exhortation.” And the discussions that Yelena holds after the film showings strengthen this effect manifold. As one of the Cinema Club participants once said: “This has given a serious jolt to my social responsibility.”