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105mns / DV / 2005

A film about the role of the individual in history, and of history in the individual. Solomon Trone (1872-1969), a cousin of the film-maker’s grandmother, is a figure unrecorded in the history books, whose life was nonetheless intertwined with history, but in paradoxical fashion: as a communist revolutionary and a director General Electric (first in Russia, then the USA). Drawing on archives both public and private, this is also a film about the gap between family memory and public knowledge of history – not the history we think we know, but another history, lived in another way.

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