Drama | English, Russian, Ukrainian, Welsh with English subtitles | 119 minutes
A true story of a daring Welsh journalist, Gareth Jones, who, with the help of Lloyd George, manages to wangle a visa to Moscow to report on the Soviet Union’s economic expansion. Jones is restricted to Moscow. However, he jumps off a train in the Ukraine and unofficially records the evidence of the Holodomor, Stalins’s man-made famine that was starving to death millions of Ukrainians. He is discouraged from reporting this back home by Walter Duranty, the head journalist of The New York Times. An apologist for Stalin, Duranty tells Jones the famine in the Ukraine is a total exaggeration. Jones returns to England to report his devastating findings, only to be ignored. Nothing was going to be done. With war against Hitler’s Germany likely, England was looking to Russia more as a future ally than a country that was committing a murderous genocide.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 86%
- Metacritic Score: 68
- Berlin International Film Festival: Nominated, Golden Bear (Best Film)
- Palm Springs International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Agnieszka Holland)
- The film was listed as a New York Times Critic’s Pick
Now streaming on:
MR JONES remembers when Stalin weaponized famine. The horrors of the Holodomor, in which millions of Ukrainians starved, are dramatized, but not inflated in Agnieska Holland’s new film.”
A political thriller with an insistent, steady pulse, MR JONES dramatizes a harrowing chapter in the life of a man long overlooked by history.
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