Hand of Stalin

SYNOPSIS

The 25 years during which Stalin ruled the Soviet Union are not simply history. The legacy continues through everyday life, in the feelings and psychology of each citizen of the former U.S.S.R. This series probes the nature of Stalinism through the personal dramas of a range of people, from peasant to worker to actor, reflecting the confusion and the pain still experienced by those who survived.

Perhaps most dramatically, the series shows the perpetrators – guards, secret police officials, interrogators – struggling with crimes which for fifty years the State had viewed not as crimes but as services to the Revolution. Their chests weighed down with medals, their consciences are beginning to stir. Individuals who have been silent for over fifty years take us back to a time when a knock on the door might deprive you of your family for twenty years. Or forever.


FORMAT

3 x 60 minutes


CREDITS

Directors: John Walker, Murray Battle
Editors: Steve Stevenson, Peter Lindley, Kevin Ahearn, Simon Price
Directors of Photography: John Walker, Douglas Kiefer
Composers: Ilona Sekacz, Mark Korven


AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

Winner for Best Documentary Series - Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award
Winner for Best Documentary Series - Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemeaux Award
Golden Sheaf Award Nominee
Official Selection - Banff Television Festival
Special Merit Award - Earth Peace International Film Festival


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