Investigating the involvement of a mysterious ancestor in the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, filmmaker Anna Kryvenko spins a contemporary essay on the imprint of major historical events in the family and the individual.
AWARDS: ZagrebDox 2019 Special Mention/ Cronograf - International Documentary Film Festival 2019 Special Prize of the jury
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: dok.incubator/ East Silver Caravan/ East Doc Platform/ East Silver/ Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival/ DOK Leipzig/ Trieste Film Festival/ DOK.fest München/ Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival/ 4 Elements/ Astra Film Festival/ Beldocs Int. Documentary Film Festival/ Beyond Borders Film Festival/
East Silver Caravan/ First Lights/ IHRFFA/ International Theatre Festival Divadelna Nitra/ Juniorfest/ Neisse Film Festival/ One World Slovakia - International documentary film festival
My Unknown Soldier. My great-uncle, the occupier
How does it feel to become an occupier without having intended to? Using known, as well as hitherto unpublished archival materials from throughout Europe and Russia, we tell a story involving director Anna Kryvenko’s own family about how high politics destroys the lives of ordinary people.
Only a couple of years ago she came upon a family secret involving her great-uncle, who as a Soviet soldier from the Ukraine had participated in the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia.
In investigating her great-uncle's story, she touches upon themes such as fragmentation of personal and national memory, inherited guilt, interpretation of history, media manipulation, today’s relationship with Russia, as well as Czechs’ and Slovaks’ attitude towards foreigners – all very current topics.