Stalin was born in the town of Gori, in the mountains of Georgia. Stalin spent his young life in various places in the Caucasus. His birth house is still there, complete with a gift shop where you can buy Stalin snow globes. How do the Georgians look back on Stalin? Is it a hero or a villain, or both? Jelle passes by the grave of Stalin’s first wife, the prison in Baku where Stalin was once trapped, and then went into the mountains. Even Stalin’s hand can be felt even in the most remote villages.
Original title: Achter de bergen van Sotsji
Jelle Brandt Corstius goes looking for answers in The Mountains Behind Sochi. In this six-episode series he travels from Sochi in Russia through the Caucasus. Far from political power games and war intrigues, he visits remote mountain villages and meets proud peoples with a strong desire to be independent.
Directed by: Hans Pool
Presented by: Jelle Brandt Corstius
Sound: Alex Tugushin
Edit: Matthieu Hes, Obbe Verwer
Research: Julia Ochetova, Maya Topuridze
Editor: Karen de Bok
© VPRO July 2015
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