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FACING THE DEAD

by Gabrielle Pfeiffer

synopsis

In the years that Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, photographs of the 20 million people, so-called "enemies of the state" who were killed or perished in labor camps, were banned on pain of death. Families cut loved ones out of group portraits, school children blacked revolutionary heroes out of their history books, and the secret police destroyed whatever was left. In FACING THE DEAD, filmmaker Gabrielle Pfeiffer follows British photo archivist, David King, through today's Russia on a quest for photographs of the lost faces of a generation.

international title: FACING THE DEAD
original title: IM ANGESICHT DES TODES
country: Germany
year: 2004
genre: documentary
directed by: Gabrielle Pfeiffer
film run: 52'
screenplay: Gabrielle Pfeiffer
cinematography by: Gabrielle Pfeiffer
film editing: Gabrielle Pfeiffer
producer: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
production: Lichtblick Film & TV Produktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE France
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