Ashes in the Snow tells the harrowing story of Lina (Bel Powley), a talented artist with a promising future. This Lithuanian teenager has the rare gift of honestly illustrating what she sees. Her doting father fosters her skill and encourages her to study art. On the day she receives a possible acceptance letter from art school, her family is torn apart.
“…Lina illustrates these unimaginably monstrous trials and the people she encounters along the way.”
Stalin’s henchmen violently invade and ruthlessly deport Baltic families from their homes. Like Armenians and Jews, these innocent Eastern Europeans are persecuted and tortured on the orders of a senseless dictator desperate to gain control by any means necessary. Heartbreaking, grim, and viscerally abhorrent abuses befall these people as they are herded onto trains traveling for weeks on end, wrangled into impoverished encampments, and rigorously labor for rations.
Lina illustrates these unimaginably monstrous trials and the people she encounters along the way. She sees their souls and even reminds them of who they truly are. Despite their desolation, she never loses hope. Her perseverance and unwavering optimism shows through her art and inspires others to have faith in the future.
“…depiction of horrifying tragedies is upsetting but watchable.”