Dear Comrades Dorogie tovarishchi

Dear Comrades

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Striking workers from a small industrial town face terrible reprisals. Andrei Konchalovsky’s account of the day Red Army soldiers and KGB snipers opened fire on strikers is a rage-filled triumph

A sinister chapter in Soviet history, the hushed-up 1962 massacre is captured in stark monochrome from veteran director Andrei Konchalovsky. Yuliya Vysotskaya – a longtime Konchalovsky player – plays Lyuda, a Communist party official and single mother who lives in a tiny flat in Novocherkassk with her 18-year-old daughter Svetka (Yuliya Burova) and grizzled old dad (Sergei Erlish).

Wage cuts and food price rises trigger the strike during which Svetka goes missing. Lyuda a party hardliner mounts a desperate search for her in the aftermath as her utopian Soviet dream is gradually unravelling.

Vysotskaya captures both the dreams and disillusionment of her character’s travails – a remarkable performance at the heart of a devastating film. (Subtitles)