The Gift to Stalin

The film takes place in Kazakhstan in 1949 under the Stalin regime’s forced deportations of political dissidants. On a freight train, Sashka watches her grandfather die. When the train stops, the dead are loaded into a truck and among them, Sashka. A local railroad worker, Kasym, discovers the boy alive and rescues him. In the loving care of the young Verka in a nearby village, Sashka experiences the Soviet terror regime. The film’s title refers to the regime’s atomic bomb test in celebration of Stalin’s 70th birthday, and to Sashka’s hope: If he can give Stalin a gift, he can see his parents again.

Original title:
Podarok Stalinu
97 minutes

Shown at

  1. 10th Annual San Antonio Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  2. 15th Annual East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2010
  3. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2010
  4. Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  5. Festival de Cine Jueu de Barcelona - 2010
  6. Riverside Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  7. Sabes Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival - 2010

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