THE MEMORY FILM
The debate within Russia about how to deal – and whether to deal – with its Soviet past is intensifying. How should victims of the repressions be commemorated? Was the repression really that bad? Was Stalin a murderer or a hero? Like most debates, this one is being carried out under the surface. Official views are often ambiguous. This film, the third in the “On Russia” series, dives into the battle for Russian history and remembrance. The film is currently in development.
The “Wall of Grief” opened in Moscow in October 2017.
Plaques in memory of victims of Soviet-era repressions. The plaques are few and far between, but have gradually spread throughout Russian towns and cities over the last several years.
The national pride surrounding Russia’s role in winning World War II remains an effective tool of national unity, and hinders attempts for a complete reckoning.