Turn Your Body to the Sun

Dir. Aliona Van der Horst, 2021, 93 min


Rhynsburger Theatre Fri, Mar 4 2:15 PM
Big Ragtag Sat, Mar 5 5:30 PM
The Picturehouse Sun, Mar 6 8:30 PM
Film Info
Original Language:Russian


Traitor. Hero. Coward. Survivor. Sana Valiulina has heard Soviet soldier Sandar called many things, but he's simply Father to her. Captured by Nazi soldiers during WWII, he returned to Stalin's USSR a disgraced POW subjected to 10 years at a grueling labor camp. Sandar never discussed the 14-year ordeal. After his death, Sana embarks on a journey to uncover the truth of her father's hidden past, meticulously piecing together his story through diaries, archives, letters, and registries while retracing his steps across Europe and Siberia. She discovers the truth is often multidimensional and reveals a legion of men vilified and erased from history for not fitting into a regime's ideal narrative. What begins as a daughter's personal quest for answers transforms into a broader discourse on national identity, collective erasure, and humanity. (RR)