Shocking documentary about Joeri Dmitriev who digged up what the Russian authorities wanted to keep buried
Historian Joeri Dmitriev discovered a mass grave with thousands of bodies of those who got executed during Stalins ‘Great Purge’ of 1937. He found their names and organized memorials for the relatives. But in Poetins Russia there is no place for this kind of stories. He got arrested on a fabricated charge and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.
Jessica Gorter followed the case for years, which resulted in this staggering portrait of Dmitriev, and nowadays Russia. She made multiple prize winning documentaries about Russia, like 900 Days(2011) about the siege of Leningrad or De Rode Ziel (2017) about the return of stalinism.