On the Hands of Stalin

A little girl called Gelya sitting on Stalin’s lap with a smile on her face is one of the most famous pieces of pictorial Soviet propaganda of the 1930s. Behind her smile, Gelya hides her father’s death sentence and her mother’s suicide. 61 years old in the film, Gelya recounts what happened in the 1930s.

The film is screened together with the films In the Garage of Berija and Lenin’s Body.

Apollo awarded Reijo Nikkilä and director Vitaly Mansky will be present at the screening.

Language: Russian
Subtitles: Finnish



  • Director: Reijo Nikkilä
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 1989
  • Length: 28 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Cinematography: Kari Ahola, Evgeny Anisimov
  • Editing: Asta Pystynen
  • Audio: Yuri Tarasevich
  • Production: Yleisradio TV1


  • Andorra: Thursday 29.1. at 14:30