European Memories

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Stalin kolkhoz

Becoming Soviet through work

This depiction of work on the kolkhoz includes all the features of what may be called “Sovietism”: the arrival of mechanisation along with the persistence of a large amount of unmechanised labour. The collective organisation of farming almost reproduces the factory assembly line. There are also signs of domination that were not then seen as such, such as that of men over women, where the men have all the attributes of power (suits, machines, in this case a motorbike, etc.).

This film was shown in a newsreel in Eastern Siberia, in 1950.