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The truth about Stalin’s Famine in Ukraine

Berlinale: The film “Mr. Jones” is based on the reports of a journalist about the famine in the Soviet Union.
Agnieszka Hollands film “Mr. Jones” tells the story of Gareth Jones, who visited the Soviet republic of Ukraine in the 1930s and published the truth about the starvation genocide in Ukraine. He experienced the horrors of famine. “There are dead people everywhere, and everywhere you meet henchmen from the Soviet secret service who are trying not to let any news about the catastrophe reach the public. Because misery and ruin are the result of Stalin’s forced collectivisation of agriculture, a decision equivalent to mass murder,” he wrote. Supported by Ada Brooks, a New York Times reporter, he succeeds in spreading the shocking news in the Western world and putting his powerful opponent, Stalin friend and Pulitzer Prize winner Walter Duranty in his place.
Filmed in Poland, Scotland and at original locations in the Ukraine, Agnieszka Holland’s film reminds of the legendary journalist Gareth Jones (1905-1935), who, despite fierce resistance, could not be dissuaded from the truth.
Mr. Jones was one of the highlights of the Berlinale, and Agnieszka Holland showed an exciting story and one of the “forgotten catastrophes” of the 20th century.