WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Aleksey Fedorchenko | 75 min
Narrative 2018 RussianGerman with English subtitlesUkrainian US Premiere
Ukraine, 1941: a Jewish girl regains consciousness under a thick layer of black earth. Close-ups of milky-white body parts surrounding her reveal she is in a mass grave. The image is startling and haunting, but it’s Anna’s resolve to persevere that’s truly indelible. Director Aleksey Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) beautifully relays the real story of six-year-old Anna, who views the war from her hiding place in a building taken over by the Nazis. The guard dog outside imprisons her. The threat of discovery is constant. Her childhood dreams of becoming a musician are replaced by a simple and more immediate desire: survival.