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 Russia, hardly any family escaped the hunger, fear and violence resulting from Stalin’s terror, yet no one has ever been convicted for the crimes committed under his regime. Gradually this disturbing film exposes how the Soviet past lives on in current generations in Russia.
Directed by Jessica Gorter
Director of photography Sander Snoep
Edited by Danniel Danniel, Bobbie Roelofs
Music by Rutger Zuydervelt, Ilia Belorukov & René Aquarius
Producer Frank van den Engel
Festivals IDFA Amsterdam 2017, Netherlands ArtDocFest Moscow 2017, Russia ZagrebDox 2018, Croatia Tempo IDF Stockholm 2018, Sweden, One World HRFF Prague 2018, Czech Republic One World HRFF Bucharest 2018, Romania