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by Gabriel Tejedor


In 1967, in the middle of the Cold War, Joseph Stalin's only daughter goes to the American embassy in New Delhi and asks for asylum. Svetlana leaves behind her country and her two children. Hunted by the press, the KGB, and many admirers, the woman, nicknamed the Kremlin princess, will never cease to flee. From the summit of the Soviet empire to the solitude and poverty of her last years in a Wisconsin home, Gabriel Tejedor traces the destiny of a resolutely free woman, at the very heart of the century and its geopolitical challenges. Using archive footage, interviews, and animation, the film gives a voice to Svetlana, whose whole life has been shaped by international dynamics and the decisions of States.

original title: Naître Svetlana Staline
country: Switzerland, France
sales agent: Mediawan Rights
year: 2023
genre: documentary
directed by: Gabriel Tejedor
film run: 80'
cinematography by: Thomas Szczepanski
film editing: Maya Schmid
music: Julien Painot
producer: Palmyre Badinier, Juliana Fanjul, Serge Gordey
production: Akka Films, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Temps Noir

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