The Kyiv Files

by Walter Stokman

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(Netherlands / 2023 / 78’)

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The account of three stories that emerged from the former KGB archive in Kyiv, made public in 2017, when Ukrainians first gained access to their Soviet-era personal files, getting answers to questions that had haunted them for decades. A Ukrainian dissident, a Dutch spy and a French tourist betrayed fifty years ago by her lover, put together the pieces of their past. The film takes us back to the time when the paranoia of the Soviet regime penetrated deeply into personal lives, fraying the social fabric of a nation. The film stimulates reflection on the importance of transparency and protection of rights in any society.