DAWN

AUSMA

By Laila PAKALNINA

HARGLA COMPANY - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2015

DAWN heralds a morally confused world in the recent past – the Soviet era, when adults and children alike lost their bearings in the name of so-called ideals. Son betrayed father; father betrayed son.
Unfortunately DAWN is not only about the past...

Festivals
& Awards

Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2015
Main Competition Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer
Hong-Kong Filmart 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • LATVIA, POLAND, ESTONIA
    • Languages
    • LATVIAN
    • Duration
    • 92 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Laila PAKALNINA
    • Writer(s)
    • Laila PAKALNINA
    • Producer(s)
    • Laila PAKALNINA (Hargla Company), Malgorzata STARON (Staron Film), Kaspar KALLAS (Digitaalne Sputnik)
    • Synopsis
    • The film DAWN heralds a morally confused world in the recent past – the Soviet era, when adults and children alike lost their bearings in the name of so-called ideals. Son betrayed father; father betrayed son.
      Unfortunately DAWN is not only about the past, as the desire of totalitarian regimes to turn people into dull cogs-in-machines seems eternal – limited neither by time nor space.
      Based on a Soviet propaganda story (most likely none too accurate) about Young Pioneer (the Soviet equivalent to the Boy Scouts) Morozov, who denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his own family. His life exemplified the moral duty of all fine Soviet citizens: that the good of the State is of utmost importance.
      78 years later we call him Little Janis, and he’s a pioneer who lives on the Soviet collective farm Dawn. His father is an enemy of the farm (and the Soviet system), and wants to burn down its headquarters. Little Janis betrays his father and the father takes revenge on his son. Who, in this old Soviet fairytale, is good, and who is evil?
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