Festivals & Awards:
- The Together Plan Special Screening, Hertfordshire, U.K. 2022
- Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany 2022
- Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, Denmark 2021
- JIFF Jewish International Film Festival, Australia 2021
- San Diego Jewish Film Festival, U.S.A. 2021
- Diaspora - Israeli Russian Film Festival, New York, U.S.A. 2020
- Bronze Remi Award: Features - Documentary: WorldFest International Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 2020
- Winner: Merit Award: Ogeechee International History Film Festival, U.S.A. 2020
- ArtDocFest International Documentary Film Festival, Moscow, Russia 2019
- IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: Docs For Sale, The Netherlands 2019
- Haifa Film Festival, Israel 2019
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum that took place in Jerusalem in January 2020 to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day was the first declaration by the President of the Russian Federation about the sacrifice of Soviet Jews.
For decades, since the "Black Book" in 1947, the truth has been hidden from public knowledge. Only after the disintegration of the Soviet Union was it possible to begin documenting and commemorating murder sites in cities, towns and villages throughout Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus and Estonia. More than 1,000 cities and villages have been added to the Holocaust Memorial Map. Half of Soviet Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Those who were fortunate to have suffered state antisemitism throughout the Soviet regime, severely compromising Jewish culture and identity. Hiding the "Black Book" was the first step of the repressions of Jewish culture by Soviet authorities - and of the Jewish identity of Soviet Jews. The circumstances surrounding the concealment of information about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union remained unclear and left many questions open.
This film presents, for the first time, the hypothesis that the ban on publication of the "Black Book" was a planned stage in the removal of Soviet Jews from leading positions in Soviet society and the change of status of Jews in the Soviet Union. The film, based on the story of a single book, becomes the first attempt to understand and explain the destruction of Soviet Jewish culture - and the fate of the Jews of the Soviet Union after the war - a cry for historical justice and reflects the memory of the Jewry murdered during WWII in the Soviet Union.
We have chosen an innovative and original cinematic style - combining interviews with historians and archival materials, and special graphics and animation.
* « Boris Maftsir’s new film examines the story of the Black Book, which, if it had been published, would have changed for all of us the way we perceive the Holocaust, modern antisemitism and Jewish life in the Soviet Union. The Mystery Of The Black Book / The Together Plan
* « Based on a black book, never published during the Soviet period, on the murder of Jews across the then territory of the USSR, this is a poignant, oppressive reflection on the role played by the Jewish people during Stalinism that also stands out stylistically. » Kino Fermished - The Mystery of the Black Book / JFBB
* « This film packs a fascinating, sophisticated and nuanced understanding of this complex history into its seventy minutes. An excellent educational resource. Highly Recommended. »
Programming recommendations / David Shem-Tov / Jewish Film Review