The 3As: A Russian Revolution

Beginning in 2017, three Russian figure skaters under the same coach revolutionized women’s singles by making history with their incredibly high-difficulty jumps and record-breaking performances. This story follows three Russian teenagers, Alexandra Trusova, Alena Kostornaia, and Anna Shcherbakova, colloquially known as the 3As, who continue to dominate women’s singles figure skating to this day, and the coach who started it all, Eteri Tutberidze. The 3As have forced the figure skating world to up their game if they want to compete, but are these arduous skills worth the pain and suffering these children must undergo to achieve them?

  • Amanda Woodruff
  • Amanda Woodruff
  • Amanda Woodruff
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sport, Informative, Documentary, Inspiring, Thought-Provoking
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Agoura High School
  • The Paus Premieres Film Festival 2021

    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Online First Time Filmmakers Session 2021
    Pinewood Studios, England
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Revolution Me Film Festival 2021
    New York City, New York
    United States
    Official Selection, Best HS Documetary & Best HS Documentary Director Nominee
  • KinoDUEL International Film Festival 2022
    Russian Federation
  • Sportfilm Liberec Film Festival 2021
    Czech Republic
    Official Selection
  • Kenya International Sports Film Festival
  • Festival RENUAC
    Quarter Finalist
Director Biography - Amanda Woodruff

Amanda Woodruff is a high school student filmmaker who's past works on the production side of film include the short films Vividly, Innocent, and Freshman Seminar: Helpful or Harmful? as a writer, director, and editor. She has performed in lead acting roles in the short films Stay and Cowboy Corporate (which she won best actress for at Agoura High School’s 2019 Film Fest). Her other acting credits include performances in LaVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow, both the 2016 and 2017 Urban Legends concept videos, and numerous theatrical productions. As a writer she has won an Award of Merit in AHS’s Reflections Art Competition for an original poem and was picked to perform an original spoken-word piece in Agoura High School’s Who Hears You.

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Director Statement

Ever since I saw a video of Anna Shcherbakova's free skate at the 2019 Skate America two years ago, I have been fascinated by the story of these three girls. I found their story to be incredibly fascinating and important with themes that reach everyone. I hope people enjoy watching this film as much as I enjoyed making it.