Dir. Laila Pakalnina
One of the most important and original talents from Latvia Laila Pakalnina reflects on the new Soviet person in this black-and-white tragic comedy. Little Janis is a pioneer (soviet equivalent to the “Boy Scouts”), who lives in the Soviet collective farm "Dawn". His father opposes the creation of a collective farm in the Soviet era bore the proud name of the "kolkhoz". Little Janis betrays his father. And the story takes an unexpected turn. Who, in this old Soviet fairy-tale, is good and who is evil? Laila Pakalnina tries to understand the Soviet myth of morality and ideology in this film based on Soviet propaganda story about “Young Pioneer” Pavel Morozov, who denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his family.
The film is screened in the original language with subtitles in Belarusian.
Latvia, Estonia, Poland