Between 1936 and 1938, the Great Purge took place in the Soviet Union. Stalin had millions of citizens executed or sent to prison camps. The show trial held in Moscow in 1930 was a portent of the state terror to come. For “The Trial”, Sergei Loznitsa uses actual footage of the show trial to immerse the viewer in the totalitarian reality of the time. There’s an underlying relevance to our own times, colored by “alternative facts”and manipulation of the media.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Length: 129 minutes