Jessica Gorter

is a graduate from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. She directs documentaries for Dutch television and works as an editor, scriptwriter and coach. Her films are shown at many different film festivals and broadcast internationally. In 2014, Jessica Gorter received the Documentary Stipend of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.


Ferryman Across the Volga, 1998; No Goods Today, 2002; Piter, 2004; 900 Days, 2011; The Red Soul, 2017.

The Red Soul (12+)

The Netherlands, 2017, colour, 93 min.
Director: Jessica Gorter
In Russia, hardly any family escaped the hunger, fear, and violence resulting from Stalin’s terror, yet no one has ever been convicted for the crimes committed under his regime. Even now Russians are still deeply divided over how to deal with the memories of this painful past. In a mosaic of intimate portraits, ordinary Russians speak openly about their traumas, rooted in a violent history. Gradually this disturbing film exposes how the Soviet past lives on in current generations in Russia, and thus makes its mark on the future.