Chronicles of Melanie
Dir. Viesturs Kairiss
The night of June 14, 1941, brought not life, but death and destruction to over forty thou- sand individuals deported from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to Siberia under the order of Stalin. Stuffed into train cattle cars, among them are Melanie and her young son, Andrejs, holding her hand, forcibly separated from the rest of the family. The next 16 years are a daily struggle for survival; however, the empathy of people around them becomes a great help in hopeless situations. People of different origins and nationalities help each other to survive while surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Siberian wilderness. A story of love, humanity and the miracle of survival in the face of the brutality of exile.
The film is screened in the original language with subtitles in Russian.