Dawn: Laila Pakalniņa’s Soviet Morality Tale

Almost 100 years after the October Revolution of 1917, Dawn heralds a morally confused world when adults and children lost their bearings in the melee of propaganda.

On the Soviet collective farm, Dawn, Little Janis denounces his father to Communist Secret Police and must now deal with the consequences.  The question is – who is good, and who is evil?

Writer-director Laila Pakalniņa states: “I’ve always been convinced that films should arise from sorrow or from joy. DAWN, however, is a particularly singular film – I didn’t know that sorrow and joy could be so simultaneous. Like dying and being born at the same time.”