Turn Your Body to the Sun

  • Aliona van der Horst
  • Netherlands
  • 2021
  • 93 min
  • World Premiere
  • International Competition
Available in Docs for Sale after the world premiere at IDFA.

The incredible life story of a Soviet soldier who was captured by the Nazis during WWII. His daughter Sana searches the past to understand her silent father. As she accompanies Sana in her journey, the filmmaker excavates film archives, to find traces of those millions of Soviet soldiers, who fell victim of two dictators: Hitler and Stalin. Through the technique of ‘re-appropriating the archive’, the filmmaker searches for the soul of the image, for those subtle remnants of those millions who were omitted from the narrative of the war. Softly, but determinately the film starts breaking sixty years of silence.


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