My Unknown Soldier

by Anna Kryvenko , Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia 2018 , 79’

How does it feel to become an occupier without your own intentions? Using known as well as never published archival materials from the whole Europe and Russia we tell a family story of the director Anna Kryvenko about how the high politics destroys the lives of ordinary people. Only couple of years ago the director found a family secret of her grand-uncle who came to occupy Czechoslovakia in 1968 as a Soviet soldier. When searching for great-uncle’s story the author touches upon themes like fragmentation of personal and national memory, inherited guilt, interpretation of history, media manipulation, today’s relationship with Russia, but also attitude of Czechs and Slovaks towards foreigners – all very current topics.

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