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Heroic sacrifice for the motherland

Regissør: Ksenia Okhapkina

RUSSIA / The idea of ​​serving the motherland is still relevant as a tool for indoctrination.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

When the plane of the Soviet pilot Nikolaj Gastello was hit and fired during World War II, it did not crash. Instead of firing out, Gastello made a lightning-fast decision: He wanted to use the fiery bomber to damage the German enemy as much as possible and maneuvered the aircraft straight into a fuel store. It exploded and destroyed a number of military tanks. He received a posthumous medal for his efforts, and the dramatic incident in 1941 is described in books that Russian schoolchildren read today.

Gastello's story emphasizes self-sacrifice for the nation and exemplifies the essence of Soviet propaganda. With its militaristic bravado, it reveals a Russia still committed to celebrating its triumphs during World War II as a means of strengthening patriotism.

The film's title could almost be satirical; is it the Russian people and the nation that are immortal, or the oppressive propaganda-
the machinery in a newer form?

We hear about this, and other heroic deeds highlighted by the Russian state, in. . .

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Carmen Gray
Gray is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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