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Mariya Nikiforova

Boston, MA, United States

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  • 19 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning Finnish, French, Icelandic
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • filmmaker, film programmer
  • BFA in Film
  • From Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


To meet artists, filmmakers and curators around the world.


I am a Russian girl living in Boston, sharing a house with my boyfriend Stefan and five other people. I hope to go to grad school abroad at some point to continue studying film production. Stefan and I co-curate an independent local film series called Balagan. We also sometimes host screenings at our house, and we love barbecues.


Remember to fully experience every moment.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


We have hosted several people at our house and have surfed in the U.S. and Iceland together, and I have surfed in Sweden and Finland. Awesome experiences all around.


It has been wonderful! I've enjoyed the company of everyone I've met through CS. I try to stay in touch with them a little bit and hope we meet again.


Film, especially experimental, documentary and art-house. Languages. Biking everywhere. Social justice. Staying on top of world news. Tasting food and beer from different places.

Music, Movies & Books

books: Proust (have been getting through the opus for the past several years), Nabokov

music: Serge Gainsbourg, Joe Dassin, Jacques Brel, Auktsyon, Skazy Lesa, Einstürzende Neubauten, Joy Division, The Knife, Kourosh Yaghmaei, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave

movies: À Nos Amours (Pialat), Mirror (Tarkovsky), Antichrist (von Trier), A Separation (Farhadi)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Off the top of my head -- swimming in a natural geothermal pool in rural Iceland in the middle of a wind storm.

Teach, Learn, Share

1) If you're a filmmaker and want to show your stuff, we could throw together a house screening and invite some film peeps. 2) We could cook together and exchange recipes. 3) We could speak Russian or French to each other!

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Russian Federation, United States

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