The Stalin that was played by me
by Daya Cahen
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An extract from a Russian propaganda film, a television in the background, and family photos- this is all we need for an intriguing encounter with Yevgeni Jugashvili, the grandson and spitting image of Joseph Stalin. Yevgeni Jugashvili worshiped the "Man of Iron", who never wanted to meet him and sacrificed his own son without any pity, Jugashvili's father, in the Second World War. Manipulation, propaganda and social pressure wove a tissue of stories which erased Yevgeni's personality.
In The Stalin that was played by me Cahen traces this man’s fascinating family history. However, for the sake of the film, she keeps silent about her own Jewish background, subordinating her position to his life story. More than just a look at the life of Stalin's grandson, the film deals with manipulation and the fact of being manipulated and the rapport between the individual and existential questions.
The film was nominated for a Golden Bear (Short Film) at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.