Directed by Dmitry Bogolubov


Can people worship the one who annihilated them?

       Imagine thousands of Jews praying to Hitler’s grave. Impossible? How people can worship the one who annihilated them?  In modern Russia we can witness a similar paradox.

      A Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled Soviet Union from late 20ies till 1953. He established a totalitarian regime on 1/6th part of Earth. According to different data up to 40 millions of people were subjected to repressions during his reign. The real amount of his victims is still unknown. This was an unprecedented act of genocide committed by state machine towards it’s own people. This policy laid the foundation of Soviet totalitarian regime and we still experience it’s consequences.

      After Soviet Union has collapsed there was only 0.2% of people in Russia approving Stalin’s policy. Now this number has risen to 20% and goes on growing. Attitude to Stalin is a crucial marker, which has split Russian society into two antagonistic parts. 

     We see new memorials dedicated to Stalin but the only Museum of repression victims was closed by the order of the authorities. Human rights activists who denounce Stalin’s policy are regularly attacked by unknown men and subjected by criminal prosecutions. Second largest party in Russian parliament organizes annual ceremony of commemorating Stalin upon his grave on the Red Square that gathers thousands of people including youth. This event is a subject of our film.

       We observe a huge queue of Stalin’s lovers bringing flowers to his grave on a day of his birth. The film is made mostly with close-ups of that people imprinting their emotions during the act of mental contact with their leader. Peering into their faces we just want to understand what leads them here.

Nick Holdsworth for DOK.REVUE after the world premiere at Ji.hlava IDFF 2017:
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World premiered on 27.10.2017 at Ji.hlava IDFF


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