Mr. Jones film, Article & Video

Mr. Jones: Unmasking the cult of Stalin

“Mr. Jones, a new movie directed by Agnieszka Holland, explores the incredible story of journalist Gareth Jones’ struggle to expose the horrors occurring under Joseph Stalin in Ukraine. In 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones traveled to the Soviet Union to investigate rumors of events in Ukraine. What he uncovered was an immense man-made famine and one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century—the Holodomor. Despite millions of deaths, Kremlin propagandists and other Soviet-friendly Western journalists downplayed and denied his reporting. Mr. Jones, a new movie directed by Agnieszka Holland, explores the incredible story of Jones’ struggle to expose the horrors occurring under Joseph Stalin at a time when Western reports were laudatory. The Holodomor stands out as one of the greatest tragedies of the Soviet regime, with Ukraine still fighting for its recognition and understanding of this dark chapter.”
The Atlantic Council Eurasia Center, with support from the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Harvard University Ukranian Research Institute (HURI), co-sponsored an online panel discussion of the movie and of the enduring historical significance of the Holodomor with the film’s director Agnieszka Holland, its script writer Andrea Chalupa, and journalist and historian Anne Applebaum on June 22, 2020 to mark the film’s American debut (online due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

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UkraineAlert by Georgiy Kent, is a well written background to core elements about the Holodomor and its enduring legacy as background to the movie, and talks about some of the key issues discussed by the panel. 
“Moscow’s attempts to hide the truth about the famine in Ukraine must rank among the most successful examples of “fake news” in modern history. Ukrainians have been fighting for almost a century to tell the world about Stalin’s famine. The appearance of a high-profile movie like Mr. Jones provides a welcome and long overdue boost to these efforts. However, the fact that a crime of such staggering proportions remains so relatively unknown is testament to the enduring power of Soviet censorship and Kremlin disinformation.”

Video of the discussion

Agnieszka Holland, the director of Mr. Jones, and Andrea Chalupa, the writer of Mr. Jones, join Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian and author of Red Famine: Stalin’s war on Ukraine discuss how this movie, and others like it, can serve as a vehicle for exploring and acknowledging histories that have long been downplayed, and the challenges faced by those working to shed light on inconvenient truths.