I cannot recommend this movie strongly enough. In a time when truth is often a hard commodity to find, this movie stands out as a beacon of hope. This movie is based on the true story of Gareth Jones and how he exposed the genocide that Stalin committed in the Ukraine.
The filming locations in Britain, Poland and Ukraine make the movie all the more realistic as you travel with Gareth Jones from Britain to Russian, then the Ukraine and finally back to Britain. Cinematography is excellent, the acting is top notch and the story line is fast paced although there definitely is some artistic license taken. Hopefully after you watch the film, it will peak your interest to find out more information on Gareth Jones and the Holodomor (man-made famine in Ukraine). The director, Agnieszka Holland, does not overwhelm the viewer with all of the horror that Jones saw but provides enough to introduce those of us in the West to the reality of this time and the events.
This is a must watch for every student of journalism. Gareth Jones pursuit of the truth continues to manifest itself throughout the movie. It contrasts with Walter Duranty (New York Times Moscow correspondent) and his efforts to deny what Jones was reporting, even though knowing it to be true. In the movie, Holland powerfully illustrates the corrosive effect denial of the truth has on one's character.
Malcom Muggeridge (noted British journalist who also reported on the famine) said, "People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to." This movie brings this home from the earliest scenes in Britain, the foreign journalist enclave in Moscow and the response in the West when Jones returned.