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"Artdocfest Open" competition program
"Artdocfest Open" competition program
Turn Your Body to the Sun
  • 93 min
  • Russian, Dutch
  • English
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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.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Aliona van der Horst
  • Screenwriter:
    Aliona van der Horst
  • Cinematographer:
    Rogier Timmermans
  • Producer:
    Ilja Roomans
  • Composer:
    Anton Silaev
  • Sound operator:
    Rik Meier
  • Theme:
    History, War
  • Film studio:
  • Language:
    Russian, Dutch
  • Subtitles:
  • Artdocfest 2023
    Artdocfest Open
  • International festivals
  • International festivals
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival