1941-1950Aleksandr DovzhenkoDocumentaryUSSR

Aleksandr Dovzhenko – The Cultural Heritage [Disc 6] (1940 – 1945)

Osvobozhdeniye AKA Liberation

Liberation features events of the Soviet occupation of western Ukraine, at the time a part of Poland, after the out-break of the Second World War in September 1939. Following official Soviet historiography, the film presents the annexation of Western Ukraine, the result of the Nazi-Bolshevik partition of Poland, as the historic act of “reunification of all Ukrainian lands into one Soviet-Ukrainian state.” Scenes include: a Hutsul village public meeting addressed by Dovzhenko himself; the opening of the People’s Assembly of Western Ukraine in L’viv, October 26th, 1939; the opening of the People’s Assembly in Bialystok; adoption of the act of reunification of Western Ukraine with the Ukrainian SSR by the Ukrainian Soviet Parliament in Kyiv and by the Supreme Soviet in Moscow.

Bitva za nashu Sovetskuyu Ukrainu aka Ukraine in flames aka Battle for our Soviet Ukraine

Although the Ukraine had suffered many a deprivation under the Stalin regime, the Ukrainian people fought nobly on behalf of Mother Russia against the Nazis during WWII. The 56-minute documentary Ukraine in Flames recounts how the courageous Soviet nation broke the German stranglehold on Russia by sending out waves of “shock” troops. Just to make certain that audiences unfamiliar with the facts can tell heroes from villains, the film spares nothing in depicting Nazi atrocities against the civilian population.

Pobeda na Pravoberezhnoi Ukraine i izgnaniye nemetsikh zakhvatchikov za predeli Ukrainskikh sovietskikh zemel aka Victory on the Right Bank Ukraine aka Victory in Ukraine

This feature-length documentary focuses on the western advancement of the Soviet Army after the Germans and their allies had been driven out of the Ukraine. Despite the triumphant tone of the film, it also captures the terrible swath of destruction caused by the enemy. Seen today, the film perhaps takes on more ambiguous overtones, yet there’s no denying the extraordinary power of Dovzhenko’s images.


Source………..: DVD9 Retail
DVD Format…….: PAL
DVD Size………: DVD9
Video Bitrate….: ~5500 kb/s
Screen Format….: Fullscreen 4:3
Audio Language…: Russian
Audio Format…..: DD 2.0
Menu………….: [X] Untouched, intact.
Video…………: [X] Untouched, intact.
DVD Extras…….: [X] Untouched, intact.

Subtitles:Ukrainian, Russian, English, Francais

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