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CHILDREN OF STALIN

 

 

fragment (6 minutes)

 

"My soul is like a snowflake.
You are melting it."

 

Time does not exist in the psychiatric hospital in Surami, Georgia. Excruciatingly slowly, the days roll by in an endless stream. The patients wait. They wait for the soup to be ladled from the huge tureens, for a psychiatrist to find the time to examine them, for a breath of fresh air on the central lawn. But mostly, they wait for cigarettes.

In the meantime they talk. About their lives, their dreams, and the hopelessness of their existence. But mostly, they wait for cigarettes. In the meantime they talk. About their lives, their dreams, and the hopelessness of their existence.

 

Children of Stalin demonstrates the powerful will to survive of people in vulnerable circumstances in a penetrating and often moving way. One forgets there is still a world outside the institution’s walls.

 

 


CREDITS
Scenario and direction: Harrie Timmermans
Editing: Menno Boerema
Camera: Chris Fawcett
Sound recording: Pepijn Aben
Sound design: Mark Glynne
Production manager: Manna Nasht
Co-producer: EO/Fred Kwint
Producer: Hans de Weers/Janneke Doolaard
Produced by Eyeworks Egmond Documentary

 

 

FESTIVALS
Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht
Thessaloniki Documentary FF
Parnü Documentary FF
Göttingen Documentary FF