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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy
My Father, The Spy

My Father, The Spy

director: Gints Grube, Jaak Kilmi
original title: My Father The Spy
country: Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, United States, Estonia
year: 2019
running time: 85 min.

synopsis

In 1978, Ieva Lesinska was an ordinary university student who lived with her mother in then-Soviet Latvia. Her father worked officially as a translator for the UN in New York, but was also a KGB agent. When Ieva got permission to visit her father in the United States, he told her that he was about to "flee again" with his second wife. Ieva decided to stay with her father. The new family officially became East German emigrants with new identities: Peter and Linda Dorn with their daughter Evelyn. Today, Ieva is trying to reveal the incredible life and strange death of her father, a KGB agent who defected to the CIA, in a feature documentary.

more about film

director: Gints Grube, Jaak Kilmi
producer: Mistrus Media, 8Heads Productions, Markéta Štinglová
script: Jaak Kilmi, Gints Grube
photography: Aigars Sērmukšs
editing: Armands Začs
sound: Aigars Sērmukšs

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