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Uldis Brauns’ contribution to 50 years of October Revolution in majestic black and white is visually stunning across the full expanse of the big screen and yet purified of propaganda. A formal and thematic highpoint of the Riga School of documentary filmmaking, which Brauns co-founded alongside 235 000 000 screenwriter Herz Frank, among others. Conceived as a dialectical echo-response to Dziga Vertov’s A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD (1926), this masterpiece of the “Baltic New Wave” captivates with its poetic composition reflecting both the great modernisms of the Sputnik era and small subjectivisms. A collective portrait of the Soviet people, the 235 million referred to in the title, but one also haunted by critical questions lurking in the background.