35mm. L.: 287 m. D.: 12’ a 20 f/s. Bn
Kiev and Charkov in 1919: rows of dead bodies in a courtyard, exhumed corpses, while a crowd looks on. These deeply moving images from the early days of the Socialist revolution in eastern Europe are not easy to digest. They depict members of the All-Ukrainian Cheka who were killed by the Bolsheviks in order to maintain their power. The film, the original title of which is not known, was produced as anti-revolutionary propaganda dedicated to presenting a counter history, and was clearly made to impress and influence the audience against the Soviets. Seen today it still leaves a strong impression. The ravages of the civil war and the battles between different political groups are conveyed through the gruesome images of dead bodies in various states of decay. Viewers today can, however, enjoy the rare footage of a so-called agit-train with its onboard printing press used to help spread the Bolshevist message, which appears around the midpoint of the film.