Turn Your Body to the Sun

Directed by: Aliona van der Horst
Netherlands, 2021, 93’
Festivals: IDFA 2021 - Nominated for Best Dutch Documentary and the Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award


The incredible story of a Soviet Tatar prisoner of war, who after World War II is sent to one of Stalin’s brutal camps. There, the love for an unknown girl becomes the salvation. Sixty years later, his daughter Sana is tracing the path of her silent father. Sana tries 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 left out of the narrative of war.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 19:00, Cinema Arta, Arad