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by Jessica Gorter


Why is it that still so many Russians defend Stalin as a great leader and a hero? The red Soul lays bare the Russian psyche of today and shows a world full of contradictions. In the country where hardly any family escaped the hunger, fear and violence resulting from Stalin’s terror, no one has ever been convicted for the crimes committed under his regime. Even now Russians are still deeply divided over how to deal with the memories of this painful past. In a mosaic of intimate portraits ordinary Russians speak openly about their traumas, rooted in a violent history. Gradually this disturbing film exposes how the Soviet past lives on in current generations in Russia, and thus makes its mark on the future.

original title: The Red Soul
country: Netherlands
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Jessica Gorter
film run: 90'
release date: NL 23/11/2017
screenplay: Jessica Gorter, Marieke van der Winden
cinematography by: Sander Snoep
film editing: Danniel Danniel, Bobbie Roelofs
music: Rutger Zuydervelt
producer: Frank van den Engel, Oksana Maksimchuk
executive producer: Judith Vreriks
production: Zeppers Film & TV, Ikon
distributor: Deckert Distribution
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