Кадр из фильма «Turn Your Body to the Sun»
Turn Your Body to the Sun
  • 93 min.
  • russian, dutch
  • english

The film will be available for viewing after approval by the copyright owner

The incredible life story of a Tatar Soviet soldier who was captured by the German Nazis during World War II. Today, his daughter Sana is tracing the path of her silent father, trying to understand what made him the man she knew as a child, through his diaries, various personal and public archives and registries. As she accompanies the daughter in her journey, the filmmaker excavates film archives, to find traces of those millions of Soviet soldiers who were caught in the fire of dictators fighting, who were there but were easily left out of the narrative of the global war. As she “re-appropriates” the archival footage, the filmmaker searches for the soul of the image, for those small and subtle remnants of a massive, yet casually omitted, human tragedy.



Aliona van der Horst
Aliona van der Horst
Rogier Timmermans
Ilja Roomans
Anton Silaev
Sound operator
Rik Meier

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