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900 Dagen

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The siege of Leningrad is a fairly obscure episode from World War II - in the West, but also in Russia itself. The chilling witness accounts by survivors contrast sharply with the heroism of the Russian propaganda machine.
For almost three years in World War II, Leningrad was besieged by the Germans. The three million inhabitants were in a rat trap. In the bitter winter cold, they ate glue, soles, cats and sometimes even their fellow human beings. However, the terrible hardships and nearly one million victims did not fit the state propaganda. The survivors were forced to keep still for decades, to avoid undermining the heroic myth of the ‘country of winners’. It turns out that still today the censors’ grip of fear is felt. In 900 Dagen, a series of ‘heroes’ unfold the unadorned story that marked their lives. Jessica Gorter’s second long documentary ensued from her debut Piter (about Leningrad) and the witness accounts of survivors for the play Quarantaine.

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Title: 900 Dagen
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 17 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012
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Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (2012)
Jessica Gorter

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