The Commissar

Filmed in 1966 but kept from release for two decades by the authorities, The Commissar is unquestionably one of the most important and compelling films of the Soviet era. Based on a short story by Vasily Grossman, it tells of a female Red Army commissar who is forced to stay with a Jewish family near the frontlines of the 1920s battle between the Red and White Armies as she waits to give birth. The film drew the ire of censors for its frank portrayal of the violence and persecution faced by Russian Jews in the wake of the revolution. 

Appears in: Special Screenings

Genres: Drama