Vladimir Léon

  • Vladimir Léon – Mes chers espions AKA My Dear Spies (2020)

    2011-2020DocumentaryFranceVladimir Léon

    Were my grandparents Soviet spies in the 30s in Paris? I bring to my brother Pierre a suitcase full of memories. Our investigation starts between France and Russia, yesterday and today.Read More »

  • Vladimir Léon – Le Brahmane du Komintern AKA The Comintern Brahmin (2006)

    2001-2010DocumentaryFrancePoliticsVladimir Léon

    Vladimir Leon on a quest for a forgotten man in the annals of history. Guessing the film-maker’s Russian connection, the Indian historian Hari Vasudevan showed Leon the iconic photograph shot during the second Communist International (Comintern) Congress in 1920. Amidst the tall Bolshevik leaders of the time such as Grigory Zinoveiv, Vladimir Lenin and Maxim Gorky, there was an Indian face in the picture. It was that of Manabendra Nath Roy, or M.N. Roy, one of the founders of the Communist Party of India in 1920. “Here was a man about whom the world hardly knew anything,” says Leon, who found in Roy’s life the perfect plot for a film. “Roy was a part of incredible moments in history. Imagine a person from a rural family in colonial India being witness to three of the most revolutionary periods of the 20th century.”Read More »

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