Military people in a forest with a sign, red and white tape across trees.

The Dmitriev Affair

(The Dmitriev Affair)

Yuri Dmitriev, whose life is devoted to uncovering Stalinist crimes, has identified over 30,000 bodies buried in mass graves. But his battle against the rewriting of history has made him a persona non grata, who faces his own erasure from history.

In 1936, Stalin began a ruthless purge to destroy all opposition. Over the course of 2 years, almost 700,000 people were executed in the USSR. Proof of the massacres was to remain forever hidden in state service archives, and it is only thanks to historian Yuri Dmitriev’s work that thousands learned where their loved ones were buried. But his combing of the forests in search of mass graves met with disapproval from the Russian authorities. Dmitriev was accused of paedophilia and sent to a penal colony. The film examines the events leading up to his arrest as well as Russia’s and the USSR’s secret history, showing that, at least in terms of the mechanisms for distorting reality, the period of the Great Terror is still highly relevant.

Cinema of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, Sněmovní 4, Praha 1

Štěpán Černoušek, Memorial
Nadiia Ivanova, Moderator

Atlas – Large Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

Jessica Gorter, Director
Štěpán Černoušek, Moderator

Evald, Národní 28, Praha 1

Irina Ostrovskaya, Memorial
TitleThe Dmitriev Affair
Original TitleThe Dmitriev Affair
Original LanguageRussian
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginNetherlands
Length96 min.
Tags Dictatorships, Politics, Missuse of Power
Director Jessica Gorter

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