Maryna Albert Ajaja

Profile Updated: November 5, 2009
Class of 1968
Residing In: Seattle, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Valeri
Children, Grandchildren: 3 children, four grandchildren
Occupation: Film Programmer
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

I'm part of a team that chooses films for the Seattle International Film Festival and I specialize in Eastern European, Russian and Middle Eastern films.

Different places I have lived:

South Pas, Seattle, Port Townsend, La Conner Washington, Moscow and Saint Petersburg Russia

Family history living in South Pasadena:

We lived on Via Del Rey - at the time a place that didn't have much history.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Annette Albert

School Memories:

We went to school in chaotic times (although maybe no more so than now), taking lots of chances, hitching and skipping school, hiking at Switzer, first loves and close friends, reading Walt Whitman

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

I wasn't much of a joiner in high school

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Living in Russia in the 90's was a day to day challenge of surviving from point a to point b. Being lucky to be part of a great family in Seattle and in Moscow and coming to terms with parents death and surviving cancer. Life is worth living if you keep learning.

What's happening in my life now:

Have been working at a job I love for twelve years, traveling and viewing films not just for entertainment but to learn about other cultures and other points of view. Spending time with kids, being in a writing group, taking walks in beautiful fresh smelling Seattle.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Reading, writing (no arithmetic) walking, music, art.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

This is too hard to answer. I like such a variety of music, world, classical, rock, folk - I'm very expermental. My granddaughter thinks she's an opera singer. My husband is a rock musican from Moscow. We gather music from the web and hope our friends turn us on to things we haven't heard before

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

These days I like Comedy Central with Jon Stewart, Steve Colbert, Bill Maher from HBO and some HBO film series like Sopranos, Mad Men. I love poetry and books on Russian history and poets and books on film. All time favorite films "Andre Rublev" & "Paris Texas" and maybe "Being There." I like listening to the radio.

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